Wellness in Tough Times

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Internal Assessment—Nebraska Extension By Soni Cochran

At the start of the WTT project, the team surveyed Nebraska Extension colleagues to find out who was interested in supporting mental well-being and wellness program initiatives. The WTT team also wanted to know what programs were currently being delivered in Nebraska or were being developed. The results from the 2019 survey provided additional opportunities for collaboration and focused programming. Survey Findings  Over half of the 103 Nebraska Extension colleagues responding to the survey said they were interested in working in mental well-being and wellness initiatives.  Some of our colleagues were already involved in mental well-being and wellness initiatives. Examples shared included the following:

developing new programs

• creating media campaigns to help reduce the stigma of asking for help

• being proactive and supporting youth mental well-being

• leading county officials in development courses

• helping at events like Husker Harvest Days (HHD)

 Specific programs that were already in place included the following:

• “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress”

“Sleepless in Nebraska”

• “Our Stress and Communicating with Those Who Are Stressing”

“Food in the Field”

“Neighbor-to-Neighbor”

• “Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME)”

• “Connect the Dots” (debt management)

“Managing Farm Bill Stress”

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