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Federal Grant to Aid Mental Health Efforts in Rural Kentucky | Kentucky News

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal grant awarded to Kentucky will assist initiatives coping with stress, psychological well being and suicide prevention in rural communities, state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles stated.

The $500,000 grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will permit Kentucky’s agriculture division to work with a number of companions to increase its efforts on these points.

“Farmers face all sorts of physical risks in their day-to-day environment,” Quarles said. “But many don’t consider the incredible pressure on their mental well-being. This grant will enable the Department of Agriculture and our partners to help deliver resources to help our rural communities improve their health.”

The grant will permit the agriculture division to work with the University of Louisville School of Nursing, The Southeast Center for Agricultural Health & Injury Prevention and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, he stated. The statewide effort will assist farmers and agricultural producers with methods to assist psychological well being consciousness, he stated.

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