As part of its efforts to provide resources to help address farmer mental health wellness, the Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care.
The Farm Center, part of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), will host the first virtual session Wednesday, July 29. Five additional virtual sessions are scheduled this summer through early fall.
Although there is no cost to attend the sessions, registration is required. To register, go to the Farm Center webpage: FarmCenter.wi.gov
Dates of the QPR virtual trainings are:
Wednesday, July 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
All of the sessions will be facilitated by Jeff Ditzenberger, a certified QPR trainer and agriculture/mental health advocate, farmer, and member of many ag-related organizations.