Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Farming brings unique challenges, be it weather, markets, or labor shortages. While stress is a part of life, prolonged and increasing amounts can negatively impact overall wellness, even leading to depression or anxiety.
When stress is high and you need someone to turn to, the Farmer Wellness Program can assist. It is designed to provide farmers and their families access to services that can help them navigate life’s challenges.
Online Farm Culture Training for Agricultural Service Providers
Register here: https://bit.ly/3Jo2lyg
This is a free virtual course to help agricultural service providers understand the unique stresses and challenges of farming, handle difficult conversations, and recognize signs and symptoms of stress with farm clients.
Ag lenders, milk haulers, nutritionists, veterinarians, farm equipment technicians, and others that provide services to farmers regularly are encouraged to take the training. Each module includes a 15 to 20-minute video presentation followed by interactive questions. The course is self-paced and modules can be viewed in any order.
Online Farmer and Farm Couple Support Groups
8 p.m. | 2nd Tuesday of every month
Register at https://bit.ly/3IDEVpj
8 p.m. | 4th Monday of every month
Register at https://bit.ly/2KI2ftd
Focused on bringing farmers and farm couples together in a safe space to share challenges and offer encouragement, comfort, and advice.
24/7 Farmer Wellness Helpline: (888) 901-2558
Whether you are exhibiting symptoms of depression or anxiety, having suicidal thoughts, or just need a welcoming ear to talk to, the 24/7 Farmer Wellness Helpline is available to provide free, confidential, and immediate support any day, any time. Helpline representatives can also make referrals to Farmer Wellness Tele-Counseling Sessions or the Counseling Voucher Program for ongoing, long-term support.
If you are feeling suicidal, contact the hotline or 9-1-1 immediately.
Farmers and their family members can receive free, confidential, and unlimited sessions from a licensed mental health professional online or by phone. Sessions can be requested by contacting the 24/7 Farmer Wellness Helpline at (888) 901-2558.
Farmers and farm family members can obtain in-person counseling services from a participating mental health provider in their local area at no cost. Vouchers can be requested by contacting the Wisconsin Farm Center Helpline at (800) 942-2474.
- Financial Planning
- Farm Succession
- Conflict Mediation
- Herd Based Diagnostics
- Farm Outreach
- Organics, Grazing, and Specialty Crops
Farmer Angel Network
The Farmer Angel Network is a collaboration of Sauk County Public Health, Sauk County UWEX, Project Recovery, local churches, and concerned farmers whose goal is to support area farmers through a time of depressed farm income, challenging cropping season, and the highest rate of farm bankruptcies and exits since the 1930s. Mental Health awareness and support resources are the key focus of this effort.
Early in 2019, a series of 3 Farm Stress & Suicide Awareness programs were held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Loganville, as an effort to address the immediate needs of local farmers and agribusiness personnel.
The Farmer Angel Network has since been formed to continue to support area farmers and educate the public about the issues farmers are facing. Check out the Farmers Angel Network Facebook page to learn more.
Great Rivers 2-1-1
At different points in our lives, we can all use a little help—whether it’s parenting concerns, putting food on the table, dealing with an abusive situation, or just making ends meet. But we don’t always know when—or where—to ask for that help. Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a place to make the connections that can help you find answers and prevent problems from getting more serious. Using a comprehensive resource database, 2-1-1 Information and referral specialists will listen to your concerns, help you make informed decisions and link you to the most appropriate community resources.
Great Rivers 2-1-1 serves 21 counties in Southwest Wisconsin, Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.
- Wisconsin: Buffalo, Chippewa, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon counties
- Minnesota: Houston, Fillmore and Winona counties
- Iowa: Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties
Great Rivers 2-1-1 also operates three Public Health Hotlines for the state of Wisconsin. These hotlines provide information regarding public benefits and other resources for women, children, and families of children with special needs statewide.