The Juniper Center Thrive Live
Friday, June 3, 2022
9:30 to 10 am CT
Seeing the struggles of farmers in rural Indiana, starting with her own family, High School student and Western Boone FFA Chapter President Jaden Maze launched a “Stop the Stigma” campaign to bring awareness around mental health in farmers.
She continues her work by focusing on bettering mental health systems for the agricultural community and expanding to address mental health among youth.
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At the outset of the pandemic, in 2020, Jaden helped lead her FFA chapter to raise $20K to support the Milk and Meat campaign. According to agrinews.pub, after she and her FFA peers saw milk being dumped on television, they began brainstorming ways they could give back to the less fortunate in their community while helping support local farmers. (agrinews May 10, 2020)
“We decided to buy meat and dairy products from local farmers and donate them to local food pantries,” Maze said, adding that before the chapter could start buying meat and milk, they had to raise money.