Farm Family Resource Initiative resources
Resources for farmers and farm families in Illinois
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARG is dedicated to helping people overcome alcoholism and achieve long-term sobriety. Browse resources and get help finding a detox or rehab center.
This effort is led by University of Illinois Extension, helping midwestern farmers and ranchers find the resources and support to thrive.
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.
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.
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.
A peer-reviewed paper by John Shutske, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A list of resources, fact sheets, and information related to various aspects of farming.
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.
This toolkit provides useful resources such as behavior health treatment services locator, disaster relieve helplines in English and Spanish, therapist locators, and text helplines.
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!
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Empowering women farmers and landowners to protect their land and embrace conservation.
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.
(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.
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.
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)