If you are a farmer in crisis or know of someone in need of immediate assistance, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline dial 9-8-8, or dial 9-1-1, or call Farm Aid at 1-800-327-6243
Resource Directory by Location
- Farm Aid Hotline
(800) FARM-AID / (800) 327-6243
- Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.
- CDC Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Many factors contribute to suicide. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience.
- Center for Rural Affairs
The organizations listed here work diligently to serve farmers and ranchers, whether it be through education, technical assistance, mediation, or counseling. Feel free to reach out to these organizations with any questions you may have. They are here to help you.
- Crisis Text Line
Text “GO” to 741741 Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 mental health support via text message. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
- Family Development Resources
The Nurturing Parenting Programs are a family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices.
- Iowa Concern 24-hour hotline: 1-800-447-1985
- National Council for Behavioral Health. Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
- Michigan State University Extension online course
In this course, you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and suicide, ways to effectively communicate with people under stress, and ways to reduce stigma related to mental health concerns. What you learn in this course can help your friends, family, neighbors, and community during stressful times.
- Michigan State University Extension. Managing Farm Stress
Whether these stresses come from a financial issue or the stresses of everyday life, MSU Extension can help. If you’re concerned about yourself, a family member, a friend or a neighbor, MSU Extension has a suite of resources and educators that can help identify and manage stress.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Dial 9-8-8. 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.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. The Lifeline is available for everyone, is free, and confidential.
- Oklahoma AgrAbility
Ag4Life offers a variety of services at NO COST to clients. We can recommend appropriate and available assistive technologies (equipment, tools, devices), information related to agriculture and disability, potential assistance, rehabilative, and educational needs.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Having trouble coping? SAMHSA offers this list of resources for support.
- Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255, Press 1 (website also has a chat option). Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
- Soy Help
(American Soybean Association).
The U.S. Soy community recognizes that farmers are faced with varying levels of stress resulting from a host of concerns, the coronavirus pandemic, weather issues, market disruptions, and other farm stressors. It’s one reason why the American Soybean Association and your soy checkoff have teamed up to provide resources to steward mental wellness in these unprecedented times. ASA and the soy checkoff collaborated to launch #SoyHelp. More than an awareness campaign, #SoyHelp provides resources to combat farm stress and help those who may be struggling. ASA’s resources include where to start seeking help, tips for managing stress and testimonials from farmers.
- Aunt Bertha: The Social Care Network
Aunt Bertha is an online resource that connects you to the resources you need quickly and easily. Find programs and assistance related to food, goods, housing, work, education, transit, legal, money, and health.
- Farm State of Mind: Stronger Together (fb.org)
It’s no surprise that more farmers and farm families are experiencing stress and mental health concerns. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, depression or another mental health challenge, you are not alone. Check out the following resources and follow #FarmStateofMind on social media to show your support. A healthy farm or ranch is nothing without a healthy you.
- SMART Recovery
There is life Beyond Addiction. SMART Recovery can help you get there. Our mutual support meetings are free and open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery.
- US Department of Health & Human Services
Federal resources for faith-based and Community Leaders and their families.
- Maryland Network of Care
The Network of Care now offers portals for consumers to search health and human services by county.
- The Pro Bono Counseling Project
The Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded with the goal of connecting uninsured and under-insured low-income Marylanders with compassionate and qualified mental health professionals who provide care on a volunteer basis at no cost.
- Center for Healthy Families
A couples and family therapy clinic within the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park offering services including couple, family, and individual therapy, as well as parent education.
- Farm Stress Management
University of Maryland Extension website that contains resources for farmers and their families who are dealing with financial stress, legal issues, and or mental health concerns.
- Save a Shore Farmer
No occupation is more critical to America’s public health, happiness, and economic prosperity than farming. We must constantly work to make farming a fulfilling pursuit, starting with protecting farmers from suicide.
- Eastern Shore Crisis Response & Resources (24 hour Hotline) 888-407-8018
- Maryland Agricultural Conflict Resolution Service
Is the official US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified agricultural mediation program for Maryland, offering confidential assistance to help resolve agriculture-related issues in a productive environment.
- Maryland Behavioral Health Administration
Drug overdoses have become a serious public health challenge in Maryland and across the country. Maryland’s state agencies have engaged in comprehensive, cross-agency efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths. These efforts include educating the public and implementing new medical practices.
- MarylandROTA Rural Resources Directory
MarylandROTA spearheads a variety of services and produces a wide range of materials. These efforts include public outreach through a variety of programs and webinars, data infographics, academic informational posters, and other materials. All speak to the broad reach of our work. Examples can be found here.
- Mid Shore Behavioral Health Inc
(2021 Resource Guide). Public Behavioral Health Services in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties of Maryland.
- Delmarva Adult and Teen Challenge
Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge believes in second chances. Our purpose to put hope within reach of every person who struggles with addiction, to see men and women restored from the brokenness caused by drug and alcohol abuse and other life controlling problems.
- Addiction Medical Solutions Delaware, LLC.
We are an integrated healthcare provider with accessibility to individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by drug addiction.
- Championing Optimal Recovery Advancing Self-Sufficiency (CORAS)
CORAS Wellness & Behavioral Health provides a nurturing, caring, and safe environment for individuals in Delaware seeking MAT, Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Planning services.
- Chesapeake Treatment Services
Chesapeake Treatment Services (CTS) provides Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) which is a combination of therapy and medications to treat Opioid Use Disorder.
- Hudson Behavioral Health
We offer a variable length of stay program that uses a multi-disciplinary, evidence-informed approach to educate patients about the Disease of Addiction and the tools necessary to establish and maintain sobriety.
- University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Got Your Back
Delaware is a small state that is big in agriculture. We know our farmers give so much of themselves to keep the industry strong. We also know so many factors in farming are out of a farmer’s control, and that can be stressful. Wondering if the weather will cooperate, long hours working alone – it can all affect the well-being of the farm family. We want you to know, you’re not alone. We want you to know, there is help available. We want you to know, we’ve got your back.
Delaware Libraries curate subject-specific resources to create and manage websites called LibGuides. We have many libGuides which include more than the resources identified below.
- A Directory of Mental Health Resources
A comprehensive guide to Behavioral Health Resources in Delaware.
- Delaware Farm Families and the Organizations that Support Them: Farm Family Health Management
Information for Delaware Farm Families about the organizations that support them.
The following resources are incorporated into the Delaware Libraries LibGuides.
- Delaware 211
Every day of the year this statewide information and referral service provides Delaware residents with an easy way to get connected to help with essential health and human services, including affordable housing, utility assistance, healthcare, senior services, food and other vital programs.
- Delaware Joining Forces
Resources for Veterans.
- Delaware State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Our goal is to improve the quality of life for Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.
- HERO HELP
Substance Abuse and Mental Health assistance for Delaware residents 18 and older.
- JFS of Delaware Family Services For All
You don’t have to face your challenges alone. JFS provides holistic counseling services and compassionate professional therapists to help you manage your mental health.
- Crisis Intervention Services
For psychiatric/substance abuse immediate services
- Mental Health Association in DE
The Mental Health Association in Delaware promotes improved mental well-being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support, and advocacy.
- ContactLifeline Inc.
Our mission is to keep people alive and safe, to help them through crises, and to connect them with relevant community resources. We offer 24/7 counseling.
- NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
- Northern Delaware Hotline: 800-652-2929
- Southern Delaware Hotline: 800-345-6785
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