Farm Family Resource Initiative

WE ALL NEED
SOMEONE WE
CAN TALK TO

Call or Text 
1-833-FARM-SOS
(833-327-6767)

FarmFamilyResourceHelpline@mhsil.com

Telehealth counseling sessions with SIU Medicine counselors are available for those in need of additional support. Up to six individual, couple
or group sessions are available at no cost to the farmer or farm family member with the support of grant funding.

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      Suicide Bereavement Support Group
      VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP

      Suicide Bereavement Support Group

      With suicide on the rise within the agriculture community, the Farm Family Resource Initiative is launching a support group for farmers and farm family members 18 years and older who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group will meet monthly and the meetings will be held virtually. There is no cost to attend with support from grant funding.

      Survivors of suicide loss share a singular bond. While each situation is different, those who have lost a loved one to suicide tend to experience similar feelings and stages of grief and have similar questions. Support groups provide an opportunity to meet others who understand and are willing to share. 

      Bonnie Landwehr is a licensed clinical social worker and behavioral health program supervisor with SIU Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. She and her husband farm in Macoupin County.

      For questions or to register, please contact Bonnie at 217.757.8115 or via email at blandwehr54@siumed.edu. There is no charge to participate.

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