Resources to Cope with Farm & Rural StressFarming 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?
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
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.)
Iowa Concern Hotline
Stress counseling, financial concerns and legal education.
American Counseling Association of Iowa (AMCA)
Talk to someone at no cost today. AMCA has licensed mental health counselors with immediate openings for Clinical Telehealth. For a complete list visit: https://feelgoodiowa.com/
Your Life Iowa
A resource for individuals facing problems with alcohol, drugs, mental health or suicidal thoughts.
Veterans Crisis Line
Support for veterans in crisis.
Call (800) 273-8255
National Institute of Mental Health
Helping individuals overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).
AFBF Rural Resilience
Tips and resources for managing stress, anxiety or depression as well as research on Farmer Mental Health. Website
Farm State of Mind
Tips and resources for managing stress, anxiety or depression. Website/Social Media
Ag Health and Safety Alliance
Focusing on health and safety of the next generation in agriculture.
Stress and mental health resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Education and support for individuals and families in need.
Iowa Mediation Service
COVID Recovery Iowa
Free counseling & support available 24/7 for Iowans affected by COVID-19 Call (844) 775-9276 or visit www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org
What can I do to help family and friends?
American Farm Bureau Federation
(Any Farm Bureau member can register for this FREE online training)
Rural Health Information Hub
(Provided by Iowa State Extension and Outreach)
Resources for talking about and managing stress.
Healthiest State Iowa – Make It Okay
(Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health)
QPR training empowers one to intervene and help prevent suicide.
Mental Health First Aid training for rural, veterans, fire/EMS, teens, older adults.
Talk Saves Lives: An Intro to Suicide Prevention Video
University of Wisconsin Madison Extension
Substance Abuse Resources
Disposing of drugs safely is one way to prevent misuse and abuse. Learn more here: https://safe.pharmacy/drug-disposal/
Farm Town Strong- 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: https://farmtownstrong.org/
Tackling Stress - Recorded Webinars
Iowa Farm Bureau
Safety and Stress Management in the 2020 Harvest Season
Stress on the Farm: Strategies to Help Each Other
Emotional Stress on the Farm: Implementing Practical Strategies to Cope
Managing Stress in an Era of Ag Uncertainty
Farm Stress Management with Personalities in Mind
Effective Ag Communication in Stressful Times