Mental Health & Well-Being

UME’s mental and behavioral health programming is responsive to the needs of Marylanders statewide. Program content is based on the unique needs identified within communities. Statewide programming addresses Farm Family Stress, Mindfulness / Stress Reduction, Relationship Education, and Mental Health First Aid.

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    Farm Family Stress

  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness and Stress Management

  • Teaching relationship smarts

    Relationship Education

  • Connected communities

    Well Connected Community

  • Mental Health First Aid

    Mental Health First Aid

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    Reinforcing Overdose Prevention through Training and Advocacy (ROPTA)


Breakup With Burnout

May is Mental Health Awareness month and we are featuring articles and videos by our dedicated team of experts, working to provide farmers and their families with strategies and solutions to stay resilient and sustainable.

Learn about ways to combat burnout in this video from Family and Consumer Sciences senior agent Dhruti Patel.

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Stress and the Planting Season

Read "Stress and the Planting Season," about the ways farm and rural families are managing stress during the busy spring. By Shannon Dill and Bonnie Braun, published in the Delmarva Farmer on May 5, 2021.

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Family Routines for Mental Health

Maintaining routines in your household can help to improve the mental health and well-being of the children, and adults, at home. Learn about building routines and making them stick with Alex Chan, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist.

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Managing Stress While on the Farm

Farming is a demanding and stressful occupation due to its ongoing challenges and uncertainties. Learn tips on managing stress in this article by agent Emily Zobel from the Delmarva Farmer, published May 7, 2021.

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Nutrition and Mental Health

Learn about mindful eating habits and how they can benefit your mental health as well as your physical health, with nutrition educator Erin Jewell.

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Opioid Use on the Farm

Jeanette Jeffrey, agent with Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences program, gives us a breakdown on opioid use on the farm and how pain management can quickly become an issue for farmers and agricultural workers. Read the full article published in the Delmarva Farmer, May 14, 2021.

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Healthy Relationships

Relationships can affect our mental health. Learn more with mental and behavioral health specialist Alex Chan, as he discusses tips for maintaining a healthy partnership.

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Stress Experienced By Children

Amy Rhodes, senior 4-H educator, explains how children experience stress, and provides tips on helping kids through stressful times. 

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