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MENTAL HEALTH

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A planned weekend away to a country music concert gave Katie Pinke a reminder of support for mental health after seeing and hearing Wynonna Judd on stage who lost her mother and singing partner Naomi Judd to mental illness this year.
Becky Kopp Dunham, co-owner of Together Counseling and its “Farm to Farm Services,” talks about pressures from uncertainties coming to bear on North Dakota farm and ranch families. Sean Brotherson, a North Dakota State University Extension family specialist, describes the multi-state grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that can help farmers under stress.
Sometimes, Myron Friesen says, there are things in a farm's story that one can't unhear and that are vital to understanding a family's decision making process.
It can be hard for farmers and ranchers -- and in particular those with livestock -- to truly take a break. But getting away makes you better at what you do.
Gary Tharaldson, North Dakota’s successful hotel developer and owner of Tharaldson Ethanol in Casselton, North Dakota, describes how his company will move forward after the death of chief operating officer Ryan Thorpe. Tharaldson urges people to check in on others but said there was no warning at work that would have predicted the tragedy of Thorpe's death by suicide.
In 2008, anthropologist Dr. Dan Eisenberg, Ph.D., discovered that successful herders of cattle and goats in Kenya were two times more likely than less successful herders to exhibit ADHD. Since then researchers have found similar results among farmers elsewhere.

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University of Minnesota Extension has created new resources to help farmers and others deal with compassion fatigue and other forms of job stress.
Vawnita Best of Watford City, North Dakota, has struggled with depression and spent time in emergency and in-patient care to find wellness upon returning to her cattle and horse ranch.
Two workshops are being offered through LivingWorks, a partner organization of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the coming months.

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