Stress Management

stress-managementOur Stress and Resiliency team provides educational information about stress, stress management and resiliency, or one’s ability to adapt positively to difficult experiences. Areas of focus include all types of stress and general mental health information, because stress impacts all of us – regardless of demographic.

Increasing awareness and people’s willingness to talk about mental health will encourage more Kansans to get the help they need. Another goal is to equip Kansans with tools and techniques that help them recognize and manage stress within their lives, families and communities. Our team also strives to educate Kansans about resiliency - how to enhance it and how to incorporate it into their daily lives.

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Below are helpful resources relating to stress and mental health. For specific questions, please reach out to one of our specialists or contact your local office.


Training and Programs

Our team offers three different training programs for your group or organization.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training provides skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. For more information or to schedule a MHFA training, please contact Rachael Clews,

Michigan State University (MSU) Farm Stress Training is for farmers, farm families and professionals who work with farmers to learn about agricultural economic trends, unique stressors to farmers, impacts of stress on the body, how to communicate with a distressed person, warning signs of suicide and how to refer someone to mental health resources. For more information or to request a MSU training, contact Rachael Clews,

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is a suicide-prevention training designed to educate people from all walks of life on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. QPR training helps people get comfortable asking the question "Are you thinking about suicide?" and then helping others get appropriate help. For more information or to schedule a QPR training, please contact Rebecca McFarland,


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