Farm Family Resource Initiative resources

Resources for farmers and farm families in Illinois

Illinois Department of Human Services

Illinois created IDHS in 1997, to provide Illinois residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.

Farm State of Mind - Stronger Together

From the American Farm Bureau Federation, this resource offers strategies to help identify warning signs of mental health challenges, start a conversation about mental health, and connect individuals with other support systems.

Mental Health Assistance for Farmers and Agribusiness Leaders

Taking care of crops, animals, and day-to-day business is hard on farmers and agribusiness professionals. Caring for your own health and wellness in this high-stress profession is often overlooked but is just as critical as caring for your business. Resources provided including phone/text lines, podcasts, webinars and videos.

Managing Stress, Building Resilience, and Suicide Prevention

Stress management is an important skill for workers in high stress fields like farming and ranching. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), resources offer strategies for recognizing and managing stress, including suicide prevention hotlines, and tools to identify risk.

Alcohol Rehab Guide

ARG is dedicated to helping people overcome alcoholism and achieve long-term sobriety.  Browse resources and get help finding a detox or rehab center.

North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center

This effort is led by University of Illinois Extension, helping midwestern farmers and ranchers find the resources and support to thrive.

Equal Justice Works

Founded by law students in 1986, a nonprofit organization that brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice.

AgriSafe Network

The AgriSafe Network, a non-profit organization, represents health professionals and educators who strive to reduce health disparities found among the agricultural community. We believe agricultural injuries, diseases, and fatalities can be prevented through the effective delivery of agricultural occupational health services.

The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)

Farm Stress and Mental Health Resources: Mountain Plains MHTTC selected trainings, resources, and links to resources to support farmers and farm families. 

Depression, Alcohol and Farm Stress: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Rural America – A resource guide to assist rural health care providers with screening and supporting farmers and families experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Managing & Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Farm Stress

A peer-reviewed paper by John Shutske, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Farm Aid Fact Sheets

A list of resources, fact sheets, and information related to various aspects of farming.

Illinois Department of Human Services

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line. If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish (Message and Data Rates May Apply.

Mental Health Awareness Toolkit

This toolkit provides useful resources such as behavior health treatment services locator, disaster relieve helplines in English and Spanish, therapist locators, and text helplines.

How to Survive and Thrive as a Farm/Ranch Couple

This course is meant to help newly married or engaged farming and ranching couples navigate the numerous issues around roles on the farm/ranch, finances, stress, communication, kids, and more! Dive in together to strengthen your relationship now and in the future!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Lifeline 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.

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255, press 1

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

Crisis Text Line
text HOME to 741741

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Information available in multiple languages.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

The American Psychological Association’s Journal of Rural Mental Health

Focused on issues unique to those living and working in rural areas, the journal welcomes research on such topics as barriers to improving or accessing care in rural environments, issues faced by underserved populations, and disparities in mental health care.

National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)

NARMH is a professional organization that serves the field of rural behavioral health. NARMH’s membership includes the entire spectrum of the rural mental health community, including consumers, family members, practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers. A unifying force for NARMH has been a focus on rural concerns, which includes a commitment to rural people and those that serve them.

Farmer Resource Network

A Farmer Resource Network search tool to find an organization that provides the specific assistance and resources you need. Our online directory contains more than 750 organizations all over the United States that work directly with farmers on a variety of issues.

Granite Recovery Centers

Many of us know of a friend, family member or someone that's suffering from a mental health ailment, co-occurring disorder or addiction. To make things worse COVID continues and more people have turned to alcohol to cope with the unprecedented uncertainty and stress. Even though less people are driving, more have been using alcohol. This has unfortunately lead to a 9% increase in alcohol related deaths on the road. Granite Recovery Centers offers a guide on alcohol abuse and binge drinking, from recognizing when you have a problem to resources for recovery.

Resources for women farmers and ranchers

American Agri-Women

The nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations, united to communicate with one another and with other consumers to promote agriculture. AAW members have been advocating for agriculture since 1974.

American Farmland Trust

Empowering women farmers and landowners to protect their land and embrace conservation.

Annie's Project

An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in modern farm and ranch enterprises focused on empowering farm and ranch women to be better partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.


Women in NRCS

(National Organization of Professional Women in Natural Resouces Conservation Services) Working to identify barriers to women in the workplace and help address those barriers through member services and partnering with NRCS to provide training and solutions.

Women Food & Ag Network (WFAN)

WFAN exists so that women can give each other the information, connections, and encouragement they need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems.

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No One Farms Alone

Farmers take great pride in what they do. This pride takes many shapes and forms, specifically when facing adversity. But every farmer has faced difficult challenges and no one truly farms alone.

(The video below was shared from DeKalb)

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FFRI Hotline