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Stress & Mental Health Resources Farm and rural life can be demanding and stressful. Add difficult economic conditions, isolation and factors out of your individual control, and stress is multiplied. 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.

 

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?


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 HOME to 741-741


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline (SAMHSA)

Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

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
Iowa Concern Hotline

Stress counseling, financial concerns and legal education.

Call (800) 447-1985 Email: caringexpert@iastate.edu Online chat TEEN Line (800) 443-8336


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.

Call (855) 581-8111 Text (855) 895-8398 Live chat at YourLifeIowa.org. Or for more valuable resources visit YourLifeIowa.org


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). Website


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.
Website


Iowa Mediation Service

Family Conflict

 


What can I do to help family and friends?

American Farm Bureau

Rural Resilience Online Training
Resilient Minds: Managing Stress on the Farm Resources


Rural Health Information Hub

Online Resources


Iowa Concern

(Provided by Iowa State Extension and Outreach)
Resources for talking about and managing stress. 


Healthiest State Iowa – Make It Okay

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


I-CASH

(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

Managing & Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Farm Stress resources


Substance Abuse Resources

Drug Disposal

Disposing of drugs safely is one way to prevent misuse and abuse. Learn more here: https://safe.pharmacy/drug-disposal/


#FarmTownStrong

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/


Helpful Podcasts

Spokesman Speaks

Managing farm stress in the midst of COVID-19 (3-part Series)
Overcoming Adversity (Episode 29)


FarmHer

Is Everything Alright?


Land O’Lakes

The Struggle: A Mental Health Crisis in Rural America


Tackling Stress - Recorded Webinars

Iowa Farm Bureau

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


Michigan State University Extension (AFBF recommended)

Bury Seeds, Not Stress Webinar Series


Resources in Spanish (Recursos En Español)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (in Spanish)
Línea directa nacional de prevención del suicidio

Call (888)-628-9454 / Website


Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Asociación de la depresión de América (ADAA)
Website
Iowa Concern
Preocupación de Iowa

(Provided by Iowa State Extension and Outreach)
(Proporcionado por Iowa State Extension and Outreach)
Call (800) 447-1985 / Email: caringexpert@iastate.edu / Website