2023 AFBF Fusion Conference

QPR for Farmers and Farm Families: Mental Health Training Certificate Workshop

March 6, 2023, Monday 11am - 1pm    

Session capacity: 30 

Session Length: 2 Hours

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Over the last decade, farmers and farm families have experienced increasing pressures, resulting in high levels of stress, mental health issues, and suicide. QPR training teaches laypeople and professionals to recognize and respond to mental health crisis using the approach of Question, Persuade and Refer. QPR for Farmers and Farm Families is a special curriculum that addresses QPR through an agricultural lens with personal farmer stories and opportunity to explore QPR approaches in hypothetical conversations with agricultural populations in crisis. Participants completing the training will be provided QPR certification documentation and many QPR resources for their use electronically. 

Following the session, the learning will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between current agricultural factors, mental distress, and suicide.
  • Identify with the importance of this issue through personal stories in agriculture.
  • Identify verbal and behavioral clues by an individual considering suicide
  • Gain confidence in starting a helping conversation with someone at risk of suicide.
  • Discuss a range of QPR and community resources as well as referrals for agricultural populations. 

Instructor: Tara Haskins, DNP, RN, MSN, AHN-BC Total Farmer Health Director, AgriSafe Network
Certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor

Dr. Tara Haskins, is a registered nurse with 35 years of clinical experience. She holds a Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Forensics and is a board certified Advanced Holistic Nurse. Dr. Haskins has been a nurse educator with a focus on psychiatric-mental health concepts for 14 years. Her clinical experience also includes crisis/suicide intervention with admission referral and addiction treatment in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She is a 2018 AgriSafe Nurse Scholar graduate and a National Rural Health Association Fellow. Dr. Haskins handles AgriSafe’s Total Farmer Health and mental health programming. Dr. Haskins oversees strategic partnerships to support AgriSafe’s Total Farmer Health initiatives. She collaborates with organizations and government agencies that are interested in using the Total Farmer Health model as a public health framework.