May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Image of hay being chopped by Chesapeake Bay Program
Image of hay being chopped by Chesapeake Bay Program

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Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States since 1949. It is a month dedicated to the awareness and impacts mental health can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.


The University of Maryland Extension Farm Stress Management Team was created to work with farmers, farm families, and the agricultural industry to provide education and outreach on topics related to mental and physical wellness. The program's goals are to raise awareness, provide training, and build resources. With the support from a Northeast SARE grant and a partnership with USDA NIFA and the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the team has expanded activities and resources.

Program Announcements:

  • Information and resource lists in the areas of stress management, financial wellness, and legal issues at www.go.umd.edu/farmfamily

  • Join our newsletter www.go.umd.edu/fscontact

  • Six free therapy sessions. In-person or Teletherapy. We will help you to set up your appointment, connect with the provider, and access your session. Complete the request form at www.go.umd.edu/qYB

  • Farm Stress Training for Ag Service Providers – Next session May 24, 2022, Comfort Inn, Bowie MD. Register at https://fstraining524.eventbrite.com


Information and training sessions will continue to be developed as this program grows. Please visit the website or join the newsletter to get updates on the program. For more information please reach out to the UME Farm Stress Program Coordinator, Ryan Salsman, rsalsman@umd.edu, 240-623-6731.



Image of UME Farm Stress Logo
Image of UME Farm Stress Logo