In this third episode of our May Mental Health series, we are joined by returning guest Dr. Nora Feldpausch. An accomplished and practicing psychiatrist, Nora has a unique perspective on mental health. In her current role, she supports students at rural colleges across the US with a team of over 200 providers she has built from the ground up. Her depth and breadth of knowledge is augmented by her role in the dairy industry, running a successful dairy in Colorado with her husband and children. Her compassion runs deep, and her desire to fuel change in how mental health is both viewed and treated brings a message of encouragement and hope to anyone listening, but particularly folks who may be struggling with mental health challenges. A unique part of this conversation is the language Nora uses – it’s far less condemning and dare we say destructive than traditional vocabulary used to describe mental health challenges. She shares many excellent resources, and towards the end of our episode, we talk about where worth and value are really found – intrinsically – rather than the physical labor or tangible work that we in agriculture so often find ourselves identifying with. Tune in – this is another outstanding episode with a fascinating and fun guest that you won’t want to miss in our critical series about mental health in rural America.
If you or someone you know needs help with mental health challenges or substance abuse, please reach out. Here are some resources to consider:
Lifeline Chat and Text is a service of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline connecting individuals with crisis counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat or texting 988.
The American Psychological Association has many great resources for whatever distress you may be experiencing. Visit apa.org to find resources including:
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline
and many other excellent resources for all kinds of support and difficult experiences.
Please, please reach out for help if you are hurting. You are loved, you are worthy, you are needed, you are wanted. You don’t have to do this alone.
With love and hope, Katharine and Valene
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