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A crucial step toward fostering mental health awareness and support was taken on July 10, as the Brown County Farm Bureau and local Extension offices hosted a comprehensive Mental Health First Aid Training event. Seventeen participants gathered from from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to gain vital insights into recognizing signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, as well as learning effective ways to assist during a mental health crisis.  Attendees represented several area agencies including local banks, Chamber of Commerce, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Soil and Water Conservation District, Pheasants Forever, Farm Bureau trustees and more.

The training agenda included essential information on identifying various mental health conditions and strategies to offer timely and appropriate support. This joint initiative aimed to equip attendees with the tools and understanding required to address mental health concerns within the community. Attendees left the event with enhanced confidence in their ability to positively impact the lives of those facing mental health challenges. 

The collaboration between OSU Extension and the local Farm Bureaus exemplifies a united effort to address mental health concerns proactively.  By imparting these valuable skills, the organizers have taken significant strides in creating a more supportive and empathetic community.   

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Way Farms

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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

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Hardin County Farm Bureau

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Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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