Wrap-Up: Senator Marshall Hosts Ag Mental Health Awareness Week
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marshall, M.D. led an Ag Mental Health Awareness Week. This campaign intended to bring attention to the signs a friend or loved one may be displaying when struggling with mental health and, throughout the week, highlighted resources that are available to farmers, ranchers, and our rural communities.
Working in agriculture presents unique challenges, often out of farmer’s or rancher’s control, and stressors that can contribute to poor mental health outcomes in rural Kansas communities. Senator Marshall’s campaign highlighted how Kansans can recognize someone in need of support and where to turn for help.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or contemplating suicide, 9-8-8 is the confidential Suicide & Crisis Lifeline that is available through text or call 24/7. The average wait time to be connected in Kansas is less than 21 seconds.
Below are some highlights from Senator Marshall’s campaign.
Hosted Mental Health Roundtables:
During the week, Senator Marshall hosted roundtable sessions in Wichita and Topeka to address meeting mental health needs for the agriculture communities throughout Kansas. Senator Marshall was joined by health care leaders from across the state, Kansas State Research and Extension professionals, the Kansas Farm Bureau, and the Kansas Farmers Union, among others.
Senator Marshall released a public service announcement for his Ag Mental Health Awareness Campaign, which highlighted mental health trends in ag communities, how Kansans can recognize mental health warning signs, and where assistance can be found. You may click HERE or on the image below to watch.
Senator Marshall’s Ag Mental Health Campaign on Social Media:
Senator Marshall hosted a video conference with over 80 different groups across Kansas, including community health centers, farmers & ranchers, and agriculture groups, to discuss how everyone can come together for a week of action to spread awareness on mental health and discuss specific resources. Each group was asked to use the hashtag Ag Mental Health Awareness to unite everyone in their efforts.
The week of action was organized to highlight different aspects of mental health and resources. The week concluded with a resource graphic that was viewed and shared by over 1,000 people.