September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This topic is one that is near and dear to my heart, and each year I take the opportunity to discuss the issues of mental health and suicide. This year, I’ve got several different projects to share.
I was thrilled to be joined by Maddie Caldwell for an episode of my Ag Law in the Field Podcast. Maddie is living by one of her favorite quotes, “if we recover loudly, we keep others from dying quietly.” I am so grateful for her willingness to share her story. [Click here to listen.]
Home Safe Home
When we set out to look for a farmer or rancher to talk to us about mental health and suicide, I wasn’t sure we would find someone willing to share their story. Then, we found Grant Heinrich from Slaton, TX. Grant’s interview was powerful as he shares the stories of suicides in his own family and helping save a friend from choosing to end his own life. [Click here to view.]
The Mental Health of Farmers in Texoma
Michael Grace, a reporter in Wichita Falls, took an interest in the issue of mental health and agriculture and went to work. He interviewed a counselor, economist, health specialist, farmer, and me all about this issue. The result was a great news story that does a good job of illustrating the challenges facing Texas farmers. [Click here to view.]
Farm Press Stories
Ron Smith did a four-part article series for Farm Press based on a prior podcast episode I did with Shannon Ferrell. I was honored to be a part of these:
- Rural America is in a mental health crisis
- Awareness crucial for mental health intervention
- Intervention key to mental health issue
- Resources available for mental health assistance
As we wrap up this month, a couple of final thoughts. Remember that those around you may be struggling, and our kindness can make a difference. For those of you who may be struggling, know you are not alone and there is always hope. I really believe that by sharing our stories, we can literally save lives. I’m honored to do my part in that effort.