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COMET Workshop: Changing Our Mental & Emotional Trajectory

  • Categories: Class, Foundation Event, Special Event

About This Event

  • Event Type:Multi-Day
  • Max Capacity:30

This short, two-hour program is a gentle introduction to supporting friends and neighbors in a “vulnerable space.” The intent is to help them shift their mental health path back to a place of wellness and away from the path of a mental health crisis. This program was developed by the High Plains Research Network Community Advisory Council specifically for rural communities.

In this FREE training, you

  • Learn a natural way to talk with a friend, a neighbor, or an acquaintance about difficult topics.
  • Learn a conversational guide and the importance of being “the other person.”
  • Practice the COMET intervening questions and plan how you will use COMET to have in conversations about another’s well-being.

Rural communities and farm families value supporting each other in times of need. COMET helps people take the next step after noticing someone might be struggling. It empowers friends and neighbors to be more prepared to support others’ mental health needs – especially before a crisis.

This training doesn’t expect community members to “fix it” but trains people to feel comfortable initiating a supportive but potentially emotional conversation. It provides an easy way to start a conversation, teaches you how to exit the conversation in a supportive way, and offers resources to share with others if they need more than a listening ear.

This workshop will be led by Shawn Monson from Farm Well Wisconsin, and Joy Kirkpatrick from UW-Madison Extension.

Refreshments will be available.

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  • Price: Free
  • Registration Instructions: Registration is required.