ST. PAUL — A free webinar to address the effects of rural Minnesotans who are touched by another person’s suicide will be held Dec. 1.

The suicide bereavement webinar is being put on by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health and is open to people who live or work in agricultural communities.

“I’ve unfortunately known too many farmers who have taken their own life and talked with too many family members or friends who have lost loved ones to suicide,” said Thom Peterson, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner, in a news release announcing the webinar.

“Agriculture is a community, and we all need to know how to help and support people who lose someone they care about along the way,” Peterson said.

Minnesota-based suicide prevention expert Dan Reidenberg of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, or SAVE, will present the session, which will include insights, information, best practices, practical advice and time for audience questions.

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The webinar will take place via WebEx at 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

A recording of the 90-minute webinar will be replayed on Dec. 14 for people who can’t attend the live event.

People can sign up for either session by clicking on the links on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's calendar of events.