QPR Suicide Prevention for Agricultural Communities
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Farmers and farm families have experienced increasing pressure resulting in high levels of stress, mental health issues, and suicide. The Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training teaches laypeople and professionals to recognize and respond to mental health crises. QPR for Farmers and Farm Families is specially tailored to the agricultural community. In this 1.5 hour QPR virtual training, you will explore: How the unique challenges farmers face can lead to stress, depression, and suicide. Examples of how to implement each QPR component. Strategies for helping someone at risk of suicide.


Trainer: Cene Cleaton, MSN, Total Farmer Health Coach

Cene has a diverse background in psychiatric-mental health nursing, pharmacy, and agriculture. As a military spouse, registered nurse, and farmer, she has a unique perspective on the issues facing rural populations. She is an advocate for increasing access to mental healthcare for rural populations and for specialized resources to help farmers and ranchers overcome physical disabilities and limitations. Along with her husband and four children, they own and operate a produce farm and nursery in rural Central Texas where they also train and mentor veterans and first-time farmers. They are also actively involved with the Texas AgrAbility Battleground to Breaking Ground Program and serve as a satellite training farm for distance learning students from Texas Tech and Central Texas College.

Battleground to Breaking Ground Phase 1: Introduction to Agriculture Bootcamp @ Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am – Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm

Developed for those with limited agriculture experience, this event will provide participants with knowledge of essential agricultural production concepts and prepare them to create an agriculture business plan.

Participants will receive education and knowledge on topics such as the basics of livestock production, farm safety, equipment selection, and natural resource management, as well as, farm tours in multiple production areas.

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