Below are resources our team has found helpful specific for farmers, farm families, farm workers and those supporting these folks in wellness.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a suicide prevention network of over 200+ crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be answered by someone in local. 988lifeline.org for more info.
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 on-going, long-term support. Farmers and their family members can receive free, confidential and unlimited sessions from a licensed mental health professional online or by phone or vouchers to assist with the cost of in-person counseling services with participating mental health providers.
Sauk County Crisis Line
608-355-4200 (business hours) or
1-800-533-5692 (after hours)
To seek help in times of mental health crisis, use the 1-800 phone line from 4:30 pm – 8:00 am and on weekends. Use the 608-355-4200 line from Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4: 30 pm.
State of Wisconsin farm resource center that helps farmers in need with in variety of areas from financial, business planning, to health and well-being. Free language assistance available upon request. TDD: 608-224-5058.
LivingWorks safeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face workshop. FAN has sponsored many SafeTALK sessions over the years. These workshops feature powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice. Learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support. Watch FAN events page for sessions in our area.
The world's leading suicide intervention training program. Trusted by professionals yet learnable by anyone, LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day face-to-face workshop. Learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. Some FAN board members have completed this training. Watch the FAN event page for offerings in our area.
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Fan has sponsored some of these sessions. Watch the FAN Event page for offerings in our area.
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This podcast series from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection focuses on helping farmers tap into their resilient nature by presenting advice from experts that can help reduce stress, improve a farm’s financial situation, implement good farm family communication skills, and more.
University of Wisconsin - Extension helps farmers, families, businesses, and communities remain resilient by learning how to manage stress and use planning tools to make sound decisions and create a road-map for the future.
The Dairy Girl Network connects all women of the dairy industry, encouraging ideas and camaraderie in an effort to achieve personal and professional development. Designed as a welcoming network of passionate women involved in dairy, relationships will grow through shared experience, support and inspiration. Resources on mental health highlighted here.
Mental health resources for farmers
Campaign to Expand Impact in Rural Mental Health
The campaign aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health in rural communities and to provide relevant information to farm families on this important topic.
5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain from the National Institute of Mental Health