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FAN Celebrates Five Years

FAN Celebrates Five Years

February 22, 2024 1:42 PM CDT

By: Jo Ann Krulatz

The Farmer Angel Network is recognizing five years of progress with a reception and free viewing of “The S Word” film. Farmer Angel Network, known as FAN, was started by a few Loganville and Reedsburg community members after a local farmer died by suicide. They came together not only to comfort their neighbors, family and friends, but also to do something to avoid this ever happening again.

FAN, while still run by a small group of local volunteers, is now a recognized model throughout the state and nation for its efforts to decrease the stigma associated with mental health struggles and serve to promote the health of its farming community. FAN has been featured on a PBS Earth Focus documentary, PBS News Hour, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and hundreds more news and agricultural media forums.

FAN is recognizing its progress in reducing mental health stigma and struggles with a free community event Sunday, March 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 at Reedsburg’s CAL Center. The event will include a reception with light food and drinks, a program, exhibits and a free viewing of “The S Word.” “THE S WORD” takes an intimate look at the lives of survivors of suicide and their loved ones and records their candid and profoundly emotional stories of hope and survival. A suicide attempt survivor documents the stories of fellow survivors, their courage, insight and humor. This is a suicide project focusing on life. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred by March 10, at farmerangelnetwork.com/events or email farmerangelnetwork@gmail.com.

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