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WHY FARMER MENTAL HEALTH?
According to the USDA, the net income of farmers nationwide has fallen 50% since 2013 and was expected to drop to a 12-year low in 2018. An alarming correlate has been a rising suicide rate in rural America, one that exceeds that in urban areas by 45% (Center for Disease Control). This proposal focuses on a farming region in northcentral Illinois which includes Bureau County (population 33,822), Putnam County (population 5,746), Marshall County (12,631), and Stark County (population 5,994) (BMPS). Suicide rates are 44-65% greater than the Illinois state average. Rates of drug overdose are 34% higher, and opioid-related deaths as well as rates of emergency medical service events with one or more Naloxone administrations are substantially higher. Adult alcohol use, a gateway drug to opioids, is on average 22% higher, and the risk for binge or acute drinking averages 55% higher than the state. Mental illness is a leading cause of disability, resulting in inordinate indirect cost burdens to communities (e.g., loss of income due to mortality or disability, loss of productivity due to reduced work ethic/motivation, ability to focus, or work absence). The current outlook for our rural BMPS farming communities is grim, as current behavioral health challenges are exacerbated by corresponding economic challenges, resulting in a vicious cycle and continual reduction of prosperity.
Four key barriers preventing rural farming/ag residents from receiving the behavioral health support they need are lack of mental health professional providers, large travel distances to and unfamiliarity with metropolitan behavioral health services, stigma surrounding mental health, and lack of providers that connect with and understand the unique needs of the agricultural community.
MEET THE CLINICIANS
Howard Love, LCPC, CSAT, CMAT
Specializes in: Treatment for anxiety, depression, marital dysfunction, life transitional issues, sexual addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, trauma. Populations served: Adults, couplesAdditional services: Marital therapy, bereavement, multicultural counseling, spiritual issues
Amy Forsberg, LCPC
Specializes in: Treatment for anxiety, depression, mood disorders. Populations served: Young adults, adults, families Additional services: Emotional, sexual, physical abuse; trauma; parenting issues; group and family therapy; grief and loss; EMDR; OCD; self-image/self-esteem issues
Barbara Toohill, Psy.D.
Specializes in: Individual psychotherapy; treatment of depression and anxiety; women’s issues, particularly pregnancy, infertility, and postpartum depression; psychological and intellectual assessment. Populations served: Adults, couples, children and adolescents (assessment only) Additional services: Neuropsychological assessment, educational assessment, group therapy
Dr. Kevin Siscoe, D.Min., LCPC, CSAT, CMAT
Specializes in: Treatment of depression; anxiety; anger management; sex addiction; trauma; spiritual struggles; and relational issues in parenting, marriage and family life. Populations served: Adults, couplesAdditional services: Prepare-Enrich premarital counseling, stress management, grief and loss
MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Sarah B. Scruggs, PhD
Jennifer Alter, CPA
Howard Love, LCPC
SUPPORTERS OF THE EFFORT
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This effort is a part of the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, generously funded and supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Utility Services (RUS), Award No. IL0726-A58