Teton County ExtensionPublished: 2021
By Jane Wolery
Youth and Mental HealthPublished: 2021
By Jane Wolery
YAM is an evidence-based program for mental health promotion and suicide prevention. YAM was found effective in reducing new cases of suicide attempts and severe suicide ideation by approximately 50% and reducing cases of depression by 30%. YAM creates awareness of mental health and equips students with ways to respond through seeking and offering support. Three months after participating in YAM, students report an increase in general mental health knowledge, significant decrease in depressive symptoms and a trending decrease in anxiety symptoms. Almost half of students reported they would seek help from school staff for assistance with feelings of suicide and 79% said they would seek help for depression.
2021 Teton County YAM students said: “I learned that there is always someone there, and I won’t always be able to solve people’s problems, but I can be there to help and listen.” “I can be myself no matter what. I can always reach out for help if I need or want to.” “I learned to watch for hints that people are thinking of suicide and what to do.” “The YAM class showed me there can be joy if you see past the anger …it showed me ways to help my friends if they are struggling and how to contact someone or approach a situation.” “I learned that I’m not alone with the problems I have.”
MSU Extension-Teton County Provides Agricultural Resources to County ResidentsPublished: 2021
By Karen Forseth
Forage was the leading agricultural topic for which producers contacted MSU Extension in Teton County in 2021. These inquiries and diagnostic services accounted for 57% of the agricultural calls. Nitrates, forage sampling and inspection of acreages for the Montana Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage program are included in this data. Acres inspected for weed free status totaled 590 with an estimated 1100 tons of hay and straw. In addition to forage, many producers requested assistance in renewing their private applicator licenses. New applicants were directed to initial trainings or offered testing opportunities to receive their licenses. Other questions in the area of agriculture included leases, blister beetles and grasshoppers.
Tree health and tree information inquiries accounted for 37% of all the horticulture calls. This included disease diagnosis, pruning techniques and information on the DNRC Shelterbelt program. Teton County provided two educational opportunities for homeowners to receive training and consultation with the MSU Extension Forestry Specialist. The first was a seminar on proper pruning techniques. These techniques were demonstrated on participants’ trees. One participant proudly reported harvesting 30 pounds of apples after applying the techniques learned. The other opportunity was a tour of different properties with problem trees where homeowners could discuss those issues with the forestry specialist. Homeowners expressed gratitude for the knowledge gained from the specialist and through MSU Extension that will result in improvements in the areas of tree health, shelterbelt conditions, fruit production and aesthetics.