October 2022 News!
World Mental Health Day just had its annual observance on October 10th and this year’s theme was make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority. It’s time for the subject matter of mental health to have its place in world of healthcare so we may openly discuss it the way we discuss diabetes, cancer, or high blood pressure. It’s truly no different than any other affliction or diagnosis in terms of how it affects overall physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing.
This month, we’re sharing a few resources that continue to support the ongoing messages we wish to share: you are not alone. Your struggle is our struggle and when we show up for one another, we show up as our truest selves. We’re here for any and all of you, always.
Reyne & Scott Roeder
A Harvest of Help
While no one is immune to the threat of suicide ideation, there are populations that are at high risk including American Indians, Alaska Native youth, LGTBQI+ youth, rural men, military veterans, law enforcement, and medical professionals.
Farmers die by suicide at a higher rate than the general population—at 1.5 times the national average. Midwestern states are training people who regularly interact with farmers to be a new frontline of defense against farm stress coupled with everyday life.
Farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers in the U.S. have relenting jobs that are often compounded by economic uncertainty, vulnerability to weather and livestock health, and isolation. Rural agricultural communities may also have limited access to healthcare and mental health services, which increases the difficulty for farm and ranch families to receive support when they are experiencing extreme stress, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health crisis. Addressing mental health challenges head-on with vulnerability is critical so rural populations, farmers especially, can successfully navigate other stressors common in their day-to-day lives.
NPR’s All Things Considered recently published a story on how midwestern states are combatting rural suicide risk—listen or read the transcript here.
Angst: A Screening
Angst is a film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources, and tools.
Immediately following the screening, a panel discussion with area mental health professionals will take place for further dialogue and Q&A.
Resources & Can't-Miss:
Now Streaming: Facing Suicide
Documentary by PBS, FACING SUICIDE combines poignant personal stories of people impacted by suicide with scientific insight from the forefront of research regarding the most pressing mental health crisis of our time.
Mental Health Awareness Funding Need
Feature from Forbes highlighting the resource shortage preventing necessary supports from being in place to foster mental health awareness across the U.S.
2022 NAMI State Conference
Event Saturday, November 5th from NAMI Minnesota featuring keynote speakers, workshops of your choosing, and the annual Awards Luncheon. St. Paul River Center 9am-4:30pm. Register here.
National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Dial 988 or text 988.