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This Got Your Back Workshop (three-part series) meets every Wednesday afternoon January 13 – January 27, 2021.

All sessions run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

These are unprecedented times leading to an increase in stressors that can test our coping skills. The Farm Stress Task Force is supporting this three-part series to bring attention to best practices and strategies we all can use.

Each 75-minute session will focus on a different topic and you’ll walk away with new tools in your toolbox to build resilience for you and your family.

You can attend any or all of the following sessions. Register for the ones you’d like to attend.


“The Grapes of Stress” — a Farming, Family and Faith Perspective – Wed. Jan. 13, 2021Michael Peterson Ed.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, University of DelawareFarming is a rewarding and noble profession but is fraught with many stressors. Farming is often a family affair where work and family are intricately intermingled. This brings with it a myriad of unique stressors that farming families face. This presentation works to uncover the underlying factors that contribute to farming distress, its impact on families, work-life balance, and health. Not only will you learn how to identify the sources of stress but also the symptoms of stress that can impact all family members. In addition, you will learn ways to alleviate stress, build resiliency, and the important role of faith and virtue play in successful coping. Moderator: Laurie Wolinkski

Supporting Y Youth Mental Healthy & Building Resiliency During Uncertain Times – Wed. Jan. 20, 2021
Annie Slease, M.Ed., Director of Advocacy and Education, National Alliance on Mental Illness/DelawareThis session will review some of the myths and facts of mental illness and the warning signs of a developing mental health condition. You’ll learn some strategies for having real conversations with youth and teens that will build resiliency skills and be informed about free resources, support, etc. for individuals and their families. Moderator: Maria Pippidis

Managing Finances Resiliently – Wed. Jan. 27, 2021
Panel presentation featuring: Robin Talley – USDA Farm Service Agency
Laurie Wolinski – University of Delaware
Karri Honaker – USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Denise Lovelady – USDA Rural DevelopmentDuring these uncertain times, building a strong financial foundation and knowing what resources are available to you are important. A panel of presenters will share their resources and best practices you can use now to build a solid financial future. 
Moderator: Maria Pippidis

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