Farm Family Resource Initiative

Welcome

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development (CRHSSD) is leading the effort to build a network of support and resources for Illinois farm families. The purpose of the initiative is to provide a range of resources including a helpline to assist with farmer and farm-related issues that include mental and physical health needs. Additionally, the initiative offers ongoing outreach, education and training to rural clients and partners working to improve the health and safety of farm families.

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

      Image
      blog-farm-family
      Remote video URL
      Farmers and farm family's who prefer can also email counselors at
      FarmFamilyResourceHelpline@mhsil.com.

      Additional 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.

      Learn more about the FFRI by watching the IDOA virtual 52nd Agriculture Day presentation.

      “Grant funding provided by USDA NIFA to the Illinois Department of Agriculture through the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network”  

      The state of Illinois was able to secure $300,000 in state funding in this year’s state budget for the FFRI program. The SIU School of Medicine CRHSSD has been leading the effort to build this support network for Illinois farm families.

      The state of Illinois was able to secure $300,000 in state funding in this year’s state budget for the FFRI program. The SIU School of Medicine CRHSSD has been leading the effort to build this support network for Illinois farm families.

      IDOA and State of IL
      Farmer

      Q&A: How stress takes a toll on farm families

      Sangamon County Farm Bureau Director Jim Birge answers questions about the stressors that farmers and farm families face today and why the Farm Family Resource Initiative is an asset to the farming community. 

      Latest articles

      rural storm field

      Online training available to better understand, treat farmers' health issues

      A new mental health training resource is available to assist rural health care providers.
      Computer-hand-mouse

      Online courses offered to improve rural nursing skills

      Nurses who provide care for farmers and workers in the agricultural sector can be better prepared for detecting and treating illnesses specific to the industry through a new educational program offered online.
      Farmer Mental Health-ag awareness

      Farmer mental health initiative highlighted during Mental Health Awareness Month

      May is Mental Health Awareness month and also coincides with the spring planting season.