Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas Department of Agriculture Receives $500,000 Grant to Promote Mental Health

Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced that Kansas has received a $500,000 grant from the USDA to raise awareness of the KansasAgStress.org website and remove mental health stigma in the Kansas farming community.

“This $500,000 grant will help us remove the stigma around mental health and advance the well-being of Kansas farmers, ranchers, and our agricultural workforce,” Governor Laura Kelly said:. “Kansas farmers and ranchers feed the world — they are important to society, and my department will continue to use every resource available to support them. I would like to thank the USDA and the Kansas Department of Agriculture for prioritizing the mental health of the Kansas farming community.”

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will use the funding to create a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the KansasAgStress.org website, develop reusable media content, and work to destigmatize the concept of mental health awareness while lowering suicide rates in the Kansas agricultural industry.

There are many external factors that contribute to the pressure on the agriculture industry. Creating awareness and providing workers with support resources will help reduce crisis situations.

“Members of the Kansas farming community feel stress that comes from many directions, and it is important not to lose sight of mental health,” said Kansas Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kelsey Olson. “These Kansas are valued members of their community and work hard to grow the food and fuel that fuels our nation, our nation, and our world. We look forward to using this scholarship to support all members of the Kansas ag family and to highlight the urgency of mental health in agriculture.”

“Mental health is health, and we must continue to fight stigma through accessible resources like the Kansas Ag Stress Network — particularly with high suicide rates in rural areas,” She said re come back. Charice Davids (KS-03). “Kansans work hard, and we take care of each other. Programs like this ensure that everyone in every corner of our state knows that if they are struggling, they are not alone, and there are resources here to help.”

In total, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced an investment of nearly $25 million for 50 grants to support SDA’s Farm and Farm Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) projects.

Funded projects should initiate, expand or maintain programs that provide professional agricultural behavioral health advice and referral for other forms of assistance as necessary through farm helplines and websites; training programs and workshops; support groups; Awareness services and activities.

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