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Mental Health in Agriculture

Working in agriculture is a worthy and honorable profession; however, it is not always easy. It is important to not only care for your crops and livestock, but for yourself as well. In agriculture's high stress atmosphere, your physical and mental health should never be overlooked. For questions or additional help, please contact Mallory Meek, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, at 785-843-7058 or mgmeek@ksu.edu.

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Identifying Stress

Common Signs of Stress & Ways to Help Yourself

Should I Be Feeling This Way? - KS Wheat

Understanding Stress and Depression

Understanding Suicide and Depression 

Ways to Manage Farm Stress

12 Tools for your wellness toolbox in times of farm stress

Coping Strategies for Farm Stress

How to Find an Agriculture Behavioral Health Counselor - KS Wheat

Helping a Neighbor in Need

What Can I Do to Help?

Tips to Help Others - KS Wheat

Financial Guidance

Farm Analyst Program

Kansas Agriculture Mediation Services

Kansas Farm Management Association 

Douglas County Professional Support

myStrength: Custom online tools to help you overcome the challenges you face. Access Code: DouglasCounty

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center: Education, consultation and outreach services regarding mental health

Headquarters Counseling Center: Professional staff in helping with emotional stress and crisis in Douglas County.

DCCCA: Support for substance abuse, prevention services and behavioral health.

Farming Community Can Often Suffer in Silence: Lawrence Journal World-LMH Health Article 

Additional Resources

Mental Health

Farm Crisis Center: Offers Disaster, Mental Health, and financial Assistance, 

Farm Aid Hotline: (800) 327-6243 M-F 9am-5pm eastern time

Disabilities on the Farm

Kansas AgrAbility: Assist people with disabilities in agriculture

Opioid Assistance

Farm Town Strong: Farmer - to - Farmer support to bring attention and help to those struggling with opioid addiction.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Helps reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness.

Drug Disposal Location Tool 

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in Farm Country - AFB