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Extension announces rural stress taskforce

In April, Dean Bev Durgan announced the creation of an Extension rural stress task force combining programming and expertise from across Extension to help rural Minnesota families and communities confront a variety of issues. The team works with state agencies and agricultural organizations as well as colleagues throughout the University of Minnesota. The task force members also recognize that Extension faculty and staff themselves may be feeling stress and anxiety because of the challenges in rural communities. One of the first initiatives from the group will be Mental Health First Aid training, so Extension representatives understand how to help people in crisis as well as take care of themselves. Emily Wilmes, Extension livestock educator in Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties has been appointed as director of the initiative.
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