Stress & Mental Health Resources

Resources to Cope with Farm & Rural Stress

Farming is demanding and can be a stressful occupation. Add difficult financial challenges, isolation and factors out of your individual control such as weather and markets, and stress is multiplied for farmers and farm family members. It's not uncommon to find yourself overwhelmed and unsure where to turn.

There are resources available to help you.

Seeking help to deal with stress or crisis is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s critical for your health and well-being, and free expert help is available right now. Please see the list of resources below.

Are you dealing with anxiety or depression? Are you concerned for the life of a loved one or friend who may be depressed?

Quick Links: Rural Mental Health | General Iowa-based Services | Suicide Prevention | Substance Abuse | Spanish Resources

Rural Mental Health

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 Personal Assistance Services – Free Support for Iowa Farm Families

Dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, or other challenges? Iowa farm families have access to free, one-on-one, on-going counseling 24/7 through Personal Assistance Services.

Learn More Here

Call 1-833-999-FARM (3276)
or for general information visit:

Spokesman Speaks Podcast

Farm Fresh Blog

Farm Rescue

  • Provides on-farm assistance to farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. Farm Rescue’s services include planting, haying, harvest, grain hauling and livestock feeding assistance to farm families during times of extreme need, all at no cost.  Learn more here


  • The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America. Farm towns will overcome this epidemic through strong farmer-to-farmer support and the resilience of our communities. Learn more here.

Farm State of Mind

  • Tips and resources for managing stress, anxiety or depression as well as research on Farmer Mental Health. Learn more here.

Bury Seeds, Not Stress


General Iowa-based Services

Iowa Concern Hotline

Your Life Iowa

Iowa Mediation Service

Healthiest State Iowa – Make It Okay

  • Resources about mental illness and how to be supportive. Become an Ambassador for your community.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach mental health trainings

Iowa Aging Services

  • Resources for wellness, support services, caregivers, injury prevention and more, click here.

National Alliance on Mental Health—Iowa


Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

  • Free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones. 
  • Call (800) 273-8255
  • Text ANSWER to 683-9863.

National Crisis Text Line

  • Text with a trained counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7
  • Text HOME to 741-741

Veterans Crisis Line


Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline

  • Crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Call 1-800-985-5990

Drug Disposal

Generation RX: Safe Medication Practices for Life

  • We can all do our part to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs by engaging in safe medication practices at home, as well as educating others in our community. Learn more here.


Spanish Resources