Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse

Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse

DENVER, Colo. — Farmers in Colorado already face high suicide rates, and now opioid misuse is adding to the threats that the state’s agriculture population faces. Goodwill and the Colorado AgrAbility Project are bringing rural mental health expert Roberta Schweitzer to address CSU Extension Agents and other professionals on how to reduce the stigma and make referrals to mental and behavioral health resources in rural areas. Her clinical specialty is in rural community health promotion. Limited free registration to the workshop including lunch is available to professionals working with farmers and ranchers with disabilities. It will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CSU Lory Student Center, Longs Peak Room 302.

To register, please send your name, mailing address, email address and telephone number to Dr. Bob Fetsch by November 28. This workshop is sponsored by the Colorado AgrAbility Project, Dr. Lou Swanson, CSU Vice President for Engagement and Extension, Dr. James Pritchett, Executive Associate Dean, and Dr. J. Douglas Coatsworth, Professor, Human Development & Family Studies’ Prevention Research Center.


Roberta Schweitzer, Ph.D., R.N., FCN
Roberta holds a Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCLA that examined determinants of quality of life for clients living with the chronic impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her clinical specialty is in the area of community mental health promotion, with an emphasis on rural communities.


Dr. Schweitzer will present “Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse: Practical Information for Agricultural Professionals working with Colorado Farmers and Ranchers and Their Families.” The goals of this workshop are to increase knowledge about mental health issues, decrease associated stigma, and provide practical referral and resource materials for use by Extension Agents, other professionals and CAP staff in rural communities.

This presentation will:

  1. Review characteristics of normal stress and neurophysiological processes
  2. Identify negative outcomes of stress overload and altered processes
  3. Identify key assessment cues for common mental health problems and signs of high stress, anger, depression, suicidal thinking and opioid misuse
  4. Skills training in basic therapeutic techniques for lay personnel
  5. Examine some practical stress, depression and suicide prevention management strategies for mental health promotion
  6. Identify local, regional and national sources for support and referral


Wednesday, December 5, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


CSU Lory Student Center
Longs Peak Room 302
1101 Center Ave. Mall
Fort Collins, CO 80521

About Goodwill Industries of Denver
Goodwill Industries of Denver provides career development resources for tens of thousands of Coloradans with barriers to employment. Goodwill’s community programs facilitate job preparation and skills training for at-risk youth, struggling families and individuals with disabilities. Through its thrift retail operations, donations, corporate partnerships and recycling processes, Goodwill is ensuring that every individual in our community has the opportunity to live to their fullest potential and overcome obstacles to find success and self-sufficiency. Goodwill Industries of Denver began its legacy of community impact in the Mile High City in 1918. Visit to learn more about its 100 year history in Denver.