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We are kicking off the Thursday evening sessions on January 28th at 7:00 p.m. with a session on rural mental health titled How do we pack our parachutes? Keisha McClish Couts and Sarah Gideon are joining us via Zoom for this 60 minute interactive session.

Sarah and  Keisha represented the Kansas Farmers Union at the rural mental health crisis training that preceded last year’s National Farmers Union convention in Savannah, Georgia and they graciously agreed to host our first session.

It’s especially timely for agricultural producers because this is the time of the year when operating notes come due.

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How do we pack our parachutes?

January in a normal year is dark, cold, stressful – money, holiday let down, personal or family illness. In 2021, it’s compounded with COVID-19, national news, lack of “normal”.

How can we find our “normal” these days? What can we do day to day to “pack our parachute” with self-care tools?  Things we can use when stress increases?

Join Keisha McClish and Sarah Gideon to talk about ways to take care of yourself in the darkest months of the year.


: Sarah A. Gideon and Keisha McClish Couts

Sarah A. Gideon is the Executive Director of the Health Innovations Network of Kansas, Inc. (HINK), a role she has been in since 2016.  The 16 member hospitals of HINK have the following mission: Building strategic relationships in order to enhance quality, cost-effective healthcare services to the residents in our communities. HINK serves 15 counties in Eastern Kansas. 

A native of Manhattan, Kansas and a proud Kansas State University alum,  Sarah has nearly 12 years of experience in healthcare management.  She began her career in the agricultural sector as the membership and education director for Kansas Farmers Union and has a passion for rural issues and communities.

Keisha McClish Couts currently resides in Wichita, KS with her husband, Randy Couts. Currently working as a Crisis Case Manager in Wichita, KS. allows Keisha the opportunity to be involved as a first responder while assisting vulnerable populations in meeting their daily physical, mental, social, and emotional needs. She has worked in the mental health field for nearly 7 years as a first responder, a marriage and family therapist, crisis case manager, suicide prevention specialist after receiving her master’s degree from Friends University. 

Keisha is a member of National Behavior Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health first Aid Responder, ASIST suicide affiliate, member of National and Kansas Farmers Union.

Please join in! You don’t have to leave home and the chores, the price is right, and it will be really good to network with each other.

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