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 (ie.equipment 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
- 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,www.ksre.k-state.edu.
- Kansas Stress Resources –Visit www.Kansasagstress.org 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.