Farmer Wellness Program

​​​​Farmer Wellness Program Handout​​

Each year brings its own unique set of challenges to farmers, be it weather, markets, supply shortages, changes in personal circumstances, or even public health scares. While some stress is a normal part of life, prolonged and increasing amounts of stress can have a negative impact on overall wellness, leading to depression and anxiety.

When stress levels are running high and you need someone to turn to for s​upport, the Farmer Wellness Program can assist. The program is designed to provide farmers and farm families access to services that can help them navigate life's challenges.​

Online Farmer and Farm Couple Support Groups

Support groups focused on bringing farmers and farm couples together in a safe space to share challenges and offer encouragement, comfort, and advice to each other.
  • ​Open to any farmers or farm family members located in Wisconsin.
  • If you would like to be anonymous, please feel free to turn off your camera and use only your first name during sessions.
  • Sessions will be led and moderated by peer leaders that are farmers who have experienced stress and anxiety while operating their own farm. A licensed mental health provider with extensive experience in serving farmers will also be on-hand at each session to offer additional support as needed.
  • By joining, you agree to be respectful to all participants and keep information shared within the support group confidential.
  • You are welcome and encouraged to join as many of these support group sessions as you like.
 
Afternoon Farmer Support Group
1 p.m. | 1st Tuesday of every month
Register at https://bit.ly/3pBeFSF
 
Evening Farmer Support Group
8 p.m. | 4th Monday of every month
Register at https://​bit.ly/2KI2ftd​
 
Farm Couples Support Group
8 p.m. | 3rd Thursday of every month
Register at https://bit.ly/2M628b8


Counseling Services​

24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline (1-888-901-2558)

Whether you are exhibiting symptoms of depression or anxiety, having suicidal thoughts, or just need a welcoming ear to talk to, the hotline is available to provide free, confidential and immediate support any day, any time. While the hotline is meant for immediate support, hotline representatives can also make referrals to Farmer Wellness Tele-Counseling Sessions or the Counseling Voucher Program for on-going, long-term support. ​

If you are feeling suicidal, contact the hotline or 9-1-1 immediately.


Farmer Wellness Tele-Counseling Sessions

Farmers and farm families can receive free, confidential and unlimited counseling sessions from a licensed mental health professional online or by phone through the Farmer Wellness Tele-Counseling Program. These sessions can be requested by contacting the 24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline (1-888-901-2558) or Wisconsin Farm Center Helpline (1-800-942-2474).


Counseling Voucher Program

Through this program, farmers and farm families can obtain counseling services from a participating mental health provider in their local area at no cost. Vouchers can be requested by contacting the 24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline or Wisconsin Farm Center Helpline.

After requesting vouchers and deemed eligible, the requester will be provided with a list of participating mental health providers. When contacting a participating provider, voucher recipients need only identify themselves as Wisconsin Farm Center referrals and present the voucher at the time of the appointment. Voucher holders are expected to pay anything at the time of the appointment.

Anyone wishing to obtain services from a provider not currently participating in the program can approach the provider to inquire whether they would be willing to participate and ask them to contact the Wisconsin Farm Center Helpline. ​


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