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Andrea Bjornestad

Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist


Wenona Hall 302
Counseling & Human Development-Box 0507
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

Mental Health Specialist: lead the SDSU Extension Rural Behavioral Health team, research, program development, and invited speaker related to the mental health of farmers and ranchers.

Also by Andrea Bjornestad

scrabble tiles arranged to spell mental health

Stress and Mental Health Resources Available to South Dakota Producers, Family Members and Friends

August 14, 2020

April blizzards, wet planting and harvest conditions, low commodity prices, and trade concerns made 2019 a stressful year for many South Dakotans.

A father, mother and daughter walking in a field in the countryside.

Talking With Teens and Youth During Challenging Times

Youth are regularly faced with uncertain situations, disappointments and potential mental health challenges. It is important for caring adults in their life to be able to know how to talk to them during these times.

A family farm with the sun setting in the background.

Recognizing Symptoms of Stress During Farming Challenges

Fact sheet to help recognize symptoms of stress during a farming challenge.