BISMARCK, ND — The Behavioral Health Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services is offering a series of webinars that provide behavioral health support to clergy, workplace leaders, farmers and ranchers, and other agricultural industry players who have been affected by several recent natural disasters. .
The webinars are led by Monica McConkey of Eyes on the Horizon Consulting, a clinician who understands farm family mental health and works as a rural mental health specialist. The next webinar will take place on Thursday, July 7 from 12-1 p.m. CT and will focus on working with farmers and ranchers suffering from chronic stress.
“An unexpected natural disaster can cause a lot of stress for people and for spiritual leaders, workplace leaders and others who are trying to support them,” said Laura Anderson, deputy division director. “These webinars will provide helpful information and support so people can learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a behavioral health problem and where to go for help.”
Additional webinars are planned through September on topics such as suicide prevention in agriculture, tackling compassion fatigue in clergy, recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, managing workplace conflict and mental health support in the workplace. The webinars are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.
“I am pleased to work with the Division of Behavioral Health to bring these trainings to North Dakota,” McConkey said. “It’s an understatement to say that we live in stressful times. I hope these trainings can be a tool to improve well-being and reduce stress.”
The webinars are made possible through funding the department received from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2020 Federal Disaster Response Program to provide behavioral health training and support to communities, individuals and families affected by natural disasters, in particular to the 29 affected counties. by the 2019 federally declared flood disaster. These include Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Grand Forks, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, McKenzie, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Sheridan, Steele, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh and Wells counties.
Any North Dakota facing a behavioral health crisis should call 211 for immediate help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays.
The Department’s Behavioral Health Division is responsible for reviewing and identifying service needs and activities within the state’s behavioral health system to ensure health and safety, service access, and services quality. It also sets quality assurance standards for the licensing of substance use disorder treatment program services and facilities and provides policy leadership in partnership with public and private entities. Learn more about the work of the Division of Behavioral Health at behavioralhealth.nd.gov.