The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has funds available to support safeTALK: Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities. This training is for farmers, farm family members, and community members who work with or support them (e.g. federal/state/county agencies, lenders, accountants,  veterinarians, ag-oriented businesses like feed and implement dealers, agronomists, clergy, health and mental health providers, etc.)

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The 4-hour, interactive workshop teaches participants how to recognize someone having thoughts of suicide, how to engage them, and how to make sure they get help. It is a very popular program; 85% of participants at sessions across Minnesota in 2019 and 2020 said they would definitely recommend the training to colleagues or co-workers.

The MDA will provide a partial sponsorship of $500 per qualifying event to groups and organizations that want to offer this training in Minnesota. Funds are available on a first come-first served basis. We strongly encourage you to charge a nominal participant registration fee in addition to securing other funding if needed.

Sessions can accommodate a maximum of 30 participants. To find a trainer who is qualified to teach this agricultural adaptation of safeTALK, please contact tanya.carter@state.mn.us.

Please submit your sponsorship request to meg.moynihan@state.mn.us. Include the following information:

  • Name and address of organization coordinating the training
  • Phone and email of contact person
  • Proposed training location
  • Proposed date of training
  • Name of safeTALK trainer
  • Who is your target audience?
  • How will you promote the training?
  • How will you ensure that farmers and people who work with farmers receive priority for registration?
  • What are your other sources of funding for this training?