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Farming minds - mental health awareness PSAs

Farming minds - mental health awareness PSAs


By Scout Nelson

In recognition of Mental Health Month, Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) and Kansas Farmers Union have collaborated on a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) targeting mental health challenges within the farming and ranching sectors.

The PSAs aim to raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being and encourage support for fellow farmers during tough times.

Agriculture presents its practitioners with a myriad of stressors, from unpredictable weather patterns to market fluctuations. These challenges often have adverse effects on the mental health of farmers and ranchers, leading to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide within these communities.

Meagan Cramer, director of communications and marketing at Kansas Farm Bureau, emphasizes the necessity of prioritizing mental well-being among farmers and ranchers.

She underscores the importance of reminding individuals to prioritize their own well-being and that of their neighbors.

The PSAs will be broadcasted across various radio stations, specifically targeting farmers and ranchers in Kansas, with the intention of reaching those who may be experiencing mental health challenges.

Nick Levendofsky, executive director of Kansas Farmers Union, highlights the significance of support services provided by farm groups, hotlines, and mediation programs during times of heightened stress. He expresses pride in partnering with KFB on this essential initiative.

The collaboration between the Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Farmers Union marks a united effort to address mental health concerns within the farming and ranching communities. By disseminating these PSAs, the organizations aim to foster a supportive environment and encourage individuals to prioritize their mental well-being.

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