Farm and Ranch Wellbeing

FARM STRESS


Training Opportunities


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

  • Training focuses on mental health literacy and skills to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis

Question.Persuade.Refer. (QPR)

  • 1-1½ hour program designed to teach laypeople and professionals about the warning signs of a suicide crisis and the appropriate responses

Stress on the Farm: Strategies that Help

  • Thirty to forty-minute program on stress management
  • Includes information on the body’s response to stress, signs of stress, strategies to cope with stress, how to help others, and where to find resources

Stress on the Farm: Strategies to Help Each Other

  • Forty-minute program on suicide prevention
  • Includes information on the warning signs of suicide, and risk and protective factors
  • Culturally relevant and scenario-based 
Publications
Iowa Websites
  • COVID Recovery Iowa. Offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID-19. See the website or call the Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985 or the Iowa Warm Line at 844-755-9276. Available 24/7. 
  • Ag Decision Maker. An agricultural economics and business website that provides information, resources and decision tools for farmers, lenders, farm managers, agriculture instructors and others.  
  • Integrated Crop Management (ICM). Resources, tools, and information specific to crop production and management.
  • Farm Financial Planning. Farm Financial Planning is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's farm financial analysis program. It consists of one-on-one financial counseling, a computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful. 
  • Dairy Team Farm Stress Resources. Resources, publications, information packet to assist in issues related to stress on the farm.  
  • ISU Center for Ag Law and Taxation (CALT) – COVID-19 Resources. Resources including summaries, FAQs, regarding federal stimulus programs. Webinars for producers on COVID-19 legislation. 
  • Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH). Works to improve the health and safety of the agricultural population by developing statewide prevention and educational initiatives. 
  • Iowa Mediation Service. A non-profit organization dedicated to solutions for farmers, families, and anyone who may find themselves in need of a dispute resolution expert. Mediation provides a low-cost, low-risk solution to resolving financial, property, or personal conflicts.
National Websites
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) is the nation's leading advocate for the veterinary profession. AMVA protects, promotes and advances the needs of all veterinarians and those they serve.
  • eXtension Ag Safety and Health provides ways to manage stress.
  • Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) provides the opportunity for states to pool their technical and educational resources to more effectively respond in times of a disaster. 
  • Farm Aid answers the 1-800-FARM-AID line to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Farm Aid’s online Farmer Resource Network also connects farmers to an extensive network of organizations across the country that help farmers find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters. 
  • Farmtown Strong is a team effort between the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union to bring attention to the opioid epidemic and provide information and resources to help those struggling with opioid abuse. 
  • Mental Health Technology Transfer Center serves Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri and focuses on providing integrated behavioral healthcare resources and trainings.
  • National Ag Safety Database provides a national resource for the dissemination of information regarding occupational hazards associated with agriculture-related injuries, deaths and illnesses; to provide prevention information; and to promote the consideration of safety and health issues in agricultural operations and for items on mental health and substance abuse.
North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance (FRSAN) Program Websites

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH


Publications
Websites
Hotlines
  • Iowa Concern: 1-800-447-1985, offers 24/7 free assistance and referral for stress counseling, legal education, and financial concerns.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. Press 2 for Spanish language support [En Español]. Provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Your Life Iowa: Call 1-855-581-8111 or text 1-855-895-8398. This Iowa Department of Public Health created hotline is available so Iowans can chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help. Also provides website to locate state-recognized community mental health center and substance use treatment centers.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Press #1 or Text 838255. The lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for all veterans, all service members, National Guard, and their family members. Their caring responders are specially trained and experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 has 24/7 confidential support for people experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. 
  • Teen Line: 1-800-443-8336 is a safe place for Iowa teens to call 24/7 so they can get the right information to make better health decisions for themselves.
  • The Trevor Project: 1-800-488-7386 is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.