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
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
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:
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:
1. Call the Iowa Concern hotline at 1-800-447-1985.
(The call is confidential)
2. 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.
3. 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.