Farm Stress and Mental Health in Rural America - Counseling & Therapy Services - The Juniper Center

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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, 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.


More about Jaden Maze (from the Purdue University Podcast, Tools for Today’s Modern Farmers)

Today’s farmers weather more stress than ever before. Our podcasts seek to share important information, tools, and hope through interviews with experts in agriculture and special guests from Purdue University.
After seeing farm stress impact her community, high school student and western Boone County FFA Chapter President Jaden Maze decided she wanted to help. Jaden reviewed farm stress research and developed her speech, “Stop the Stigma” for her FFA program in an effort to reduce the stigma of reaching out for mental health support.
Through the Rural Communications Project, she has talked about stopping the stigma at her county and at the state level. Jaden joined the Tools For Today’s Farmers podcast team to share her experience and how youth can get more involved to help.

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