Senator Marshall Releases Video PSA on Ag Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. released a video PSA during his Ag Mental Health Awareness campaign, a week dedicated to bringing awareness to resources for farmers and ranchers struggling with mental health. Working in agriculture can take a physical and mental toll on farmers, ranchers, and their families. Uncertainty about crop yields, the current drought in Kansas, skyrocketing interest rates and financial strain are just a few things that contribute to a high rate of mental health symptoms the agriculture community experiences. 

You may click HERE or on the image above to watch Senator Marshall’s full video PSA. 


  • Senator Marshall is leading a week long Ag Mental Health campaign to spread awareness and resources for those working in agriculture experiencing mental health issues. 
  • This campaign falls during National Suicide Awareness Month.
  • Farmers and ranchers are 3.5x more likely to commit suicide than those in other industries.

For agriculture populations, stressful events might include:

  • Drought and weather
  • High interest rates
  • High fuel & fertilizer costs
  • Excessive government regulations
  • Financial concerns ( purchases, borrowing for farm operations, mortgages)
  • Personal or family concerns
  • Work-related injuries
  • Change in farm policies
  • Market fluctuations
  • Loss of crop or livestock

Symptoms of poor mental health:

  • Problems sleeping
  • Persistent worry & fear
  • Anxious
  • Avoidance of others
  • Feeling sad
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Change in appetite
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts or statements of death


  • 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline – Average wait time in Kansas to be connected is 21 seconds. Calls have increased 73% in Kansas compared to the previous year.
  • Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network – The K-State Research and Extension directs efforts in Kansas. Offer both Mental Health First Aid training and Question – Persuade – Refer training so individuals are prepared to recognize and assist someone in a mental health crisis. Visit,
  • Kansas Stress Resources  –Visit for resources compiled for Kansas farmers and ranchers on help with stress management, financial and legal challenges, and a hub of current information and resources.
  • SAMHSA National Helpline – SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English & Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental/substance use disorders. Call 1-800-662-4357.