Farm suicide rate up 100%

This video features an interview with a Farm Aid executive. She reports that farm suicides are up 100%. Moreover, she asserted that the government is out of touch with rural America. The high tariffs WILL affect farmers across the board.

Farm Aid Executive Interview on CBS News

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Native American Blessing for the Nation

A reminder that only one people are native to this nation. We all came here from another place. But this is also a celebration of what we share which is greater than any Nation on Earth.

Native Songs

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Compassion Without Fatigue: Workshop/Seminar

Does your work entail significant or ongoing stress? Have you ever found yourself feeling completely exhausted as a caregiver or traumatized by another’s pain? We invite you to join us for a practical, interactive, best practice training to support your own resilience.

Compassion Without Fatigue:
Mindfulness, Boundaries,
and the Practice of Empathy

Participants will gain a conceptual framework for:

  • The differences between secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout
  • Ways we develop secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout—and how to recover
  • The relationship between mindfulness, boundaries, empathy, and resilience

Participants will walk away with protective strategies:

  • Mindfulness practices
  • Tools to reinforce intra-personal boundaries
  • Rapid Resets to use when triggered in the moment
  • Practicing empathy as a skill (vs. feeling) to protect your emotional reserves
  • Rituals of Release for personal vitality

Resources include:

  • Bibliography with primary sources
  • Screening/assessment tools
  • Secondary trauma risk factors and protective factors
  • Symptoms of compassion fatigue
  • Red flags for burnout
  • Benefits of mindfulness
  • Suggestions for further study


  • Host: Rev. Stephen Griffith, Spirit Care and Advocacy.
  • Keynote: Rev. Roxanne Pendleton, MDiv & Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC Center for Trauma Informed Innovation, Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, MO.

Registration includes a light lunch served at 11:00

This training provides three (3) contact hours, CEU applicable for most professions.

Presenter Bios:

  • Rev. Roxanne Pendleton spent 23 years working in diverse ministry settings, including local churches, hospice, and hospitals, where she developed an abiding interest in healing trauma. In 2014, her expertise led to a job at Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health Acute Care units where Roxanne developed training and special projects to support the resiliency of staff and patients alike. In 2017, she moved into her current position as Senior Projects Coordinator for the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation where she and her colleagues provide consultation, training, and facilitation support to organizations and individuals seeking to advance compassion, resilience, and wellbeing.
  • Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC, worked as a music therapist in inpatient mental health and residential nursing facilities for 12 years prior to joining the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation. She established and continues to serve as the director of the music therapy internship in the inpatient behavioral health units at Truman Medical Centers. She draws on her experiences in trauma-sensitive clinical services and program development to provide training and consultation to advance compassion, resilience, and well-being.

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Yellow Ribbon


Photo Courtesy of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

COLUMBUS – The Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska will be hosting a Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program for local clergy at 1 p.m. Monday [March 26th] at the Federated Church.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Nebraska with an average of one death per every two days. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34.
Chris Hansen, program coordinator and trainer for the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, will be leading the session. Hansen will be illustrating the different tools to identify those at risk for suicide while providing helpful resources for prevention.

The international program began in 1994 after the suicide death of 17-year-old Mike Emme, who was one of the founders of the organization.
Suicide rates are increasing each year, especially among children age 10 and younger, Hansen said.

The training session is free for local clergy members. Although it is organized for clergies, the Rev. Jerry Albright, [Executive Director] member of Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, decided to open the session to professional counselors due to the high demand.

Albright hopes to attract a group of 25 to 50 people to the training.
More often than not, people seek help from members of a clergy for advice and counseling.

“We are not trained to be professional counselors but so often we are called to respond to families that have experienced tragedies like suicide,” Albright said. “So it is important for us to know the signs of Suicidology.”
Albright wants pastors to increase their suicide knowledge and learn the important steps to handling life and death situations.

“This is very important for us,” Albright said. “We are very happy to do this in the Columbus area.”

This is the first year the training will be held in Columbus. In the near future, both Albright and Hansen hope to expand the session to the general public.
The organization aims to provide the training to everyone, Hansen said.

In the past, students, parents and first responders have benefited from formal training.
“It is really just raising the awareness in our state,” Hansen said. “There’s a need for this.”

Aside from the session, the program distributes Ask 4 Help! cards to youth. The cards provide people with steps to follow when they are approached by a youth that is at risk.

The most important step is to listen, Hansen said.
“We really emphasize the listen part because, in today’s culture, we are so often buried in a computer, a phone or a device, that we really aren’t listening to the conversations happening in or around us,” he said.
Hansen said that it is important to educate children about suicide risks at an early age.

“They need to know that it is okay to ask for help,” he said.


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