Addressing Ag-Related Stress, Self-Care and Resiliency

Dr. Brenda M. Mack


Meet the Presenter

Dr. Brenda Mack, DSW, MSW, LICSW is a behavioral health and wellness consultant, trainer, presenter, researcher, and Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University (BSU). Before joining the faculty at BSU, Brenda worked for twenty years as a program manager, outpatient and in-home therapist and mobile behavioral health crisis responder for a community mental health center. She has a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Social Work from the University of North Dakota and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker through the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

Brenda grew up in a farm family where her late father was a third-generation Red River Valley crop farmer and her mom was his partner in marriage for 50 years and helped run their agricultural operations. Brenda is married to a fourth-generation crop farmer from Crookston, MN. She has a special place in her heart for those who have a primary or secondary role in farming or ranching. She walks the same path of ag-related ups and downs and wants to spark a local, state, and national conversation about the impacts of stress, how to build resilience through connection, and implementing self-care strategies. Brenda offers her expertise on these topics and has been part of the Women in Agriculture Cultivating Resiliency Series available on the American Agri-Women web-site, she’s cited in Successful Farming and Good Fruit Grower magazines and was a co-guest speaker on the Red River Farm Networks TransFARMation podcast “It’s Okay to Say No.” Brenda is excited to be part of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation’s webinar series focusing on the emotional health and wellness of farmers, ranchers, family members, and secondary supports.