Farmer Angel Network co-founder Brenda Statz spoke at the monthly meeting for local veterans. VFW Post 1916 of Reedsburg invited her to share about Farmer Angel Networks efforts, provide some tips on identifying risk factors and signs of suicide and what to do if you know someone with signs of suicide. Brenda was then also invited to share the same info with the Auxiliary meeting next door. She shared training options available including SafeTalk for suicide prevention.
Many of our area farmers have also served as veterans. Both farmers and veterans have increased risks of suicide compared to the general population. The National Crisis Line 9-8-8 supports both. Press 1 for Veterans Crisis Line. Mention you are a farmer for resources specific to you.
Following this event, the VFW Post 1916 made a donation to Farmer Angel Network. This donation is greatly appreciated. All funds will go toward FANs mission of suicide awareness and prevention among rural communities, farmers, farm workers and their families.