Rural Mental Health

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Crisis can take many forms for many different people. Don't know where to start? Start Here.

If you need help, call 1-844-494-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.

When a farmer and rancher is facing a crisis, it can create an emotional toll on every aspect of life. From paying bills, to feeding their children, caring for the livestock and crops, retirement options, and even what they will be able to leave their heirs, the worry and anxiety can be overwhelming. The agricultural community has always come together to help our neighbors in a time of need and that is what this effort is all about: pulling together to help others through this stressful time. Please reach out to the Colorado Crisis Services if you, or someone you love, is struggling.

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An effort by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Department of Human Services

Mental Health Partnerships

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In July 2021, CDA was awarded a $500,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to support the vitality and mental wellbeing of Colorado's agricultural workers and producers through community-based efforts to manage the increasing stresses on our agricultural communities.

Through this grant, CDA worked with five sub-grantee organizations to increase culturally competent training for crisis responders and increase awareness and access to mental health care for farmers, ranchers, and ag workers. 

CDA partnered with the following organizations:

Taking Stock of Mental Health webinar

To commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month, CDA hosted a virtual discussion about rural mental health. Watch the recording of our mental health virtual discussion below!

 

Mental Health Grant Opportunity

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Mental Health funding

During the 2022 legislative session, the Colorado Department of Agriculture received an appropriation of $200,000 to dedicate to mental health programs. CDA will distribute this funding through a competitive grant process. 

CDA’s grant objectives are to increase awareness of mental & behavioral health services and resources in Colorado, provide or help facilitate mental & behavioral health services, and continue the efforts to destigmatize mental health.  

Mental health is directly tied to the overall health of our rural and agricultural communities. 

According to Kaiser Family Foundation, 32 percent of Coloradans reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder in 2021. Additionally, rural youth in Colorado are twice as likely to die by suicide, according to Colorado Rural Health.

The Mental Health Grant Program will be administered by the Agricultural Drought and Climate Resilience Office (ADCRO)

Apply for the CDA Mental Health Grants

CDA is looking to Colorado’s community of mental and behavioral health providers to think creatively about ways to reach rural communities and expand information about and access to services.

Grant requests should be between $25,000-$100,000 and should include a plan for how to fully expend the grant funding by the end of the state’s fiscal year, on June 30, 2023.

The grant application period will be open until November 7, and applications should be submitted online. Submitted applications will be reviewed by a panel and approved by the Agricultural Commission.

Apply for Grant Funding

You can preview the application by reviewing this document. Please note that you must submit your application via the online form above.

With questions about the application process, please email program manager Kristen Boysen