Rural Wellness Improved wellness and reduced stress in rural Nebraskan communities

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Nebraska Extension's Rural Family Stress and Wellness Team promotes the wellness of rural Nebraska by working with community partners and the University of Nebraska.

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Recently, parts of Nebraska have experienced dangerous wildfires and most of the state is experience drought. These conditions maybe adding stress for those in your county whose livelihoods are dependent on the weather. The attached article, “Taking the Time to Listen” highlights the importance of listening to each other during stressful times.
Support during stressful times is more important now than ever. Whether it is from the impacts of COVID-19, financial concerns or relationship issues, dealing with stress and mental well-being is critical to live a full, good, life. Find resources and learn more in this 30-minute video.
An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, Hayden established the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation to provide funding to programs that address mental health issues and provide mental health services to teens and adolescents.
In addition to being helpful for working with farmers and ranchers, the workshop educates participants about managing stress in their own lives.
Recently, parts of Nebraska have experienced dangerous wildfires and most of the state is experience drought. These conditions maybe adding stress for those in your county whose livelihoods are dependent on the weather. The attached article, “Taking the Time to Listen” highlights the importance of listening to each other during stressful times.
Support during stressful times is more important now than ever. Whether it is from the impacts of COVID-19, financial concerns or relationship issues, dealing with stress and mental well-being is critical to live a full, good, life. Find resources and learn more in this 30-minute video.
An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, Hayden established the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation to provide funding to programs that address mental health issues and provide mental health services to teens and adolescents.
In addition to being helpful for working with farmers and ranchers, the workshop educates participants about managing stress in their own lives.
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Check out the "Taking Care During Tough Times" series featuring strategies to improve your well-being and reduce stress during this challenging time. The four-part series, led by Dr. Christine Chasek, can be viewed on your computer or smart phone. Audio recordings are also available.

Video and Audio


Extension Educator Chuck Burr shares his candid thoughts and experiences on the importance of taking care of our mental health during these challenging times. Chuck's powerful call to action reminds us there are times we need to reach out for help.


Three rural Nebraska families share their experiences when faced with difficult times including challenges faced with the agricultural economy, weather, and loss of livestock.


Wellness in Tough Times video about farm stress and available resources.