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Many of today's farmers and ranchers face challenges that are overwhelming, such as depression, stress, addictions, and other mental/behavioral health concerns. Below is a list of online resources designed to help those in the agriculture community manage their stress and mental health. As more tools are developed, this page will be updated with information and resources. If you are a farmer in crisis, or know of someone in need of immediate assistance, contact your local Kansas Community Mental Health Center or call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

Local Mental Health Resources

Kansas Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) The 26 licensed CMHCs have a combined staff of over 4,500 providing mental health services in every county of the state in over 120 locations. Together they form an integral part of the total mental health system in Kansas. Kansas Farm Bureau / Mental Health Resources Kansas Farm Bureau offers educational resources to help in times of stress, including mental/behavioral health videos and webinars. Community Mental Health Center 24-Hour Hotlines If you or someone you know is affected by mental health issues, these local crisis hotlines are available 24/7. Kansas AgrAbility Project The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with limitations. Central & Western Kansas Alzheimer's Association The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Pawnee Mental Health Ag Assistance Program Pawnee’s Agriculture Assistance Program provides Kansas farmers and ranchers three (3) free mental health sessions with a licensed mental health provider. All providers will have received specialized training related to the unique mental health aspects found in the agriculture industry. To utilize the program, an individual must reside or work in Pawnee’s 10-county service area, which includes Jewell, Mitchell, Republic, Cloud, Washington, Clay, Marshall, Riley, Pottawatomie, & Geary.

National Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is a strong grassroots organization that conducts tuition free courses for families of individuals with mental illness and organizes support groups for those individuals. Their Web site contains information on disorders, symptoms, treatment, medications and advocacy. Mental Health America (MHA) MHA's goal is to educate the public about mental health and mental illness. It maintains the Suicide and Crisis Hotline, 800-273-8255, and provides information on disorders, symptoms, treatment, medications, clinical trials, referrals, appealing denials, payment help, advocacy, and community screenings. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families. National Council for Behavioral Health The National Council for Behavioral Health is a not-for-profit organization with serves as a voice for health care organizations across America who provide mental health and addiction treatments and services. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) NIMH is dedicated to research, and its site contains clinical trials, research publications, and general information on disorders, medications, symptoms and treatment. Suicide Prevention Lifeline If you or someone you know is showing signs of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or seek help from professional. Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) UMASH is a multidisciplinary collaboration of five leading research and health care institutions. This collaboration brings together unique and complimentary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.

Specific Diagnosis Assistance

Anxiety and Depression Association of America Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) supports individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression by providing education, training, and up-to-date research. The ADAA website includes additional information including diagnosis specific facts, treatments, and support groups. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a peer-directed national organization which provides resources and support to individuals with mood disorders. The site provides links to educational materials, treatment options, peer support, and resources for helping others.