Farm Children: They Experience Stress Too!

Rural Realities

Sep 21 2020 • 31 mins

"Farm Children: They Experience Stress Too!" by Monica McConkey, Rural Mental Health Specialist

Farming generally comes with a significant amount of stress that can negatively impact everyone involved in the operation including youth of any age. Monica McConkey, a rural mental health specialist from Minnesota, discusses the signs and symptoms of stressed children on the farm and how parents can help struggling youth in this "Rural Realities" episode.

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