UOG survey seeks to help farmers reduce stress

UOG survey seeks to help farmers reduce stress

UOG survey seeks to help farmers reduce stress

University of Guam Cooperative Extension & Outreach personnel hold certificates on June 23 after completing a Mental Health First Aid Training to build on their skills in assisting individuals facing mental health challenges.

Agricultural workers in Guam are invited to take an online survey that will help create community programs and outreach services to help farmers with stress management.

The Agricultural Workers Survey is being localized for Guam by the Farmer Focus Project of the Cooperative Extension & Outreach service at the University of Guam. It is part of a broader research effort being conducted across 13 western states and four U.S. territories by the Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance Program.

Mental health decline has been an increasing issue in the agricultural sector nationally due to the many stressors present in farming jobs.

“With the help of a network of trusted agencies that are familiar with these stressors and behavioral health topics, UOG Cooperative Extension and Outreach can provide targeted, culturally customized stress-reduction support or interventions to lessen the impact,” said Kuan-Ju Chen, an assistant professor of agricultural economics with UOG’s extension service and the principal investigator for the Guam study.

Participation in the survey is open to all part-time, full-time, and family agricultural employees/workers who are 18 and older. It takes approximately 15 minutes. Responses are anonymous, although participants can opt to provide their contact information to take part in a second phase of the study, which is a 30- to 45-minute phone interview.

Participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 online gift card, and phase two participants will all receive a $75 gift card.

The survey can be taken in English or Mandarin at url.uog.edu/agsurvey. Surveys will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2022. 

For more information, please contact Elvira Gisog at (671) 735-2062 or gisoge@triton.uog.edu

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