SF Podcast Episode 17: Identifying and Assessing Suicide Risks with Jami Dellifield

Suicide rates for U.S. farmers and ranchers were higher in 2016 than they were during the height of the 1980s farm crisis. Knowing how to identify risk factors and where to find help for those at risk is crucial. In this episode, Jason talks to Ohio State University Extension Educator, Jami Dellifield about the mental health issues facing rural communities. Jami shared a wealth of resources available to help identify and help those in need.

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What is mental health?
  • Includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being
  • Affects our thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • Determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. 


Contributing factors:
  • Biological (genetic and brain chemistry)
  • Life experience
  • Family history of mental health problems


  • Mental disorder/illness- a diagnosable illness that affects an individual’s thinking, emotional state, and behavior.  Affects ability to work, daily activities, and relationships.
  • Mental health problem- includes disorders and symptoms of disorders, but severity does not merit the diagnosis of a mental health disorder. 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline     https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (press 1 for veterans, 2 for Spanish)

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting .  Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority. With over 42 million processed to date, we’re growing quickly as demand increases.

The app is developed for stem4 by Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using ideas from an evidence-based therapy called DBT. The focus is to help learn to identify and manage your ‘emotional’ mind with positive impact. The app enables you to track your progress. Please note that the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.

Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation. CAPE is dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices for benchmarking community behavioral health.   The CAPE project coordinated by the Regional Rural Development Centers and managed by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Our original Text, Talk, Act conversation is also still available! Groups can text START to 89800 anytime (standard text messaging rates apply). This conversation works well with friends and peers.  Across the country, young people are having a nationwide conversation on mental health and how to help a friend in need. Through text messaging, small groups receive discussion questions to lead them through a conversation about mental health.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council helped introduce Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million Americans have been trained.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) www.nami.org Information HelpLine provides information and referral services. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

  • Learning  Opportunities with Jami Dellifield (Family and Consumer Sciences Educator)  and Amanda Raines (4-H Program Assistant), Ohio State University Extension, Hardin County

Webinar: https://learn.extension.org/events/2679 

Cari Michaels, University of Minnesota Extension  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYeKVM-CAVU

Identify your LOCAL RESOURCES? Are they in county or in a neighboring county?


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