You are not alone. Reaching out
to connect with others can be
the lifeline you need.
Many veterans are finding a meaningful life in agriculture, in Kansas and across the nation. The challenges facing farmers and ranchers everywhere may be new to veterans who are joining the agriculture industry. In addition, current and former service members face different mental health issues than the general public, and the ag-related stress can be compounded by these unique challenges.
Depression is one of
the most common mental conditions for veterans.
Making connections can be a valuable part of maintaining mental health. This coalition helps farmer veterans
get connected to the nation's largest network of military veterans who have continued their service to our country through agriculture.
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Mental Health for Service Members
This site offers connection to various mental health resources for service members, veterans, and their families. Connect with Military OneSource, a 24/7, toll-free free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns, including mental health problems.
The cause of stress for many farmers and ranchers has its roots in financial and legal challenges of the farm or ranch business. The Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services (KAMS) is a state agricultural mediation program that helps farmers and ranchers explore options through mediation as well as other financial and legal concerns they might have. For example, KAMS helps with appeal options for USDA adverse decisions: farm loan delinquency, denial, or adverse decisions for USDA farm programs. Call and talk to a KAMS attorney at no cost.
Kansas Farm Bureau offers educational resources to help in times of stress, including mental/behavioral health videos and webinars.
Blue Star Families strengthens America’s military families by connecting them to supportive communities.