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Rural and farm families are independent problem solvers. However, some concerns in life can be difficult to solve alone or with family and friends.


When the devastating news came one day that the bank could no longer loan us money to farm, I completely fell apart. I just couldn't believe this could be happening to me, to us, and to our family. I called the Iowa Concern hotline many times. They are wonderful people, so extremely helpful. In fact they have saved my life numerous times.

-Crisis Hotline Caller

I just wanted to thank you so much for the "Sowing the Seeds of Hope" vouchers. It was very helpful and I want to continue to see [the counselor], as finances permit.

-SSoH Voucher User

The farmers support group is the AA for depressed farmers who are going through or have had financial or personal problems. By talking with others, you come to understand that maybe it was not all your fault, that a lot of the time it was beyond your control (like the weather, markets, medical conditions, etc) that you were not to blame.

-Farmer Support Group Member

Just wanted to write and let you know what a great experience it was to go to the Farm Couple Weekend Getaway. This "Getaway" actually got us up and doing something about our situation to make it better for us. Some terrific ideas and solutions to problems were discussed. It should be required of farmers for the health of their family, marriage and profession.

-A couple who attended
a farm couple retreat

The Sowing the Seeds of Hope Program is currently not available.

Sowing the Seeds of Hope provides up to five
free visits to speak to a professional counselor
who can assist you with:

Marital Conflict
Family Conflict
Financial Concerns

Families who do not have mental health insurance coverage
or are under-insured may be eligible for up to five
one hour, counseling sessions per year.

Steps to take:

Call the Iowa Concern hotline at 1-800-447-1985.
(The call is confidential)

The hotline will screen callers for eligibility, provide the caller
with names and phone numbers of participating providers,
and mail vouchers to an address provided by the caller.

The voucher must be used within 30 days of issue.

Sowing the Seeds of Hope is part
of a 7 state effort to serve farm families.

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