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Southern University Ag Center develops interactive mental health resource for farmers
The database offers a lifeline to these individuals by providing easy access to resources, coping strategies, and professional guidance
Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s mental health specialist Ashlyn Harrison is making significant strides in addressing the mental health challenges faced by farmers in Louisiana.
Recognizing the unique stressors and hardships that agricultural workers endure, Harrison has taken a proactive approach to bridge the gap between mental health support and the farming community. Her project involves the development of an interactive mental health database tailored to the specific needs of farmers in the region.
Farmers in Louisiana, like their counterparts across the nation, face a multitude of stressors, from unpredictable weather conditions to economic uncertainties. The mental health database being crafted by Harrison aims to offer a lifeline to these individuals by providing easy access to resources, coping strategies, and professional guidance. As a part of Southern University’s land-grant university programs, this initiative underscores the institution’s commitment to the well-being of its farming community. It showcases how land-grant universities are not only hubs for agricultural research but also essential pillars of support for the mental and emotional health of the very individuals who feed our nation. Harrison’s work exemplifies the profound impact that interdisciplinary efforts can have in addressing the mental health crisis in the farming industry and offers hope for a brighter future for Louisiana’s farmers.
For additional information on the resource database or the Southern University Ag Center’s mental health services, contact Ashlyn Harrison at email@example.com.