AgriStress Helpline

Last updated on August 12th, 2022 at 10:49 am

Mental Health Support for Agricultural Communities

Learn more about AgriSafe’s work with ViaLink to provide vital mental health support to farmers, operators, and ranchers from this July 19, 2022 webinar:

Ready to bring the hotline to your state? Contact Executive Director Natalie Roy (nroy@agrisafe.org) for more information.

What is the AgriStress HelplineSM?

The AgriStress Helpline is a free and confidential support line that you can call or text 24/7. The helpline is answered by trained professionals who can offer support and/or help you find mental health resources in your area. We know that agriculture is unique – that is why our crisis specialists have received training on the factors that impact people working in agriculture.

How is the AgriStress Helpline different than 988?

Both the AgriStress Helpline and 988 offer the same quality of suicide crisis services – but our crisis specialists have extra training to know the culture, values, stressors, and lived experiences of farmers, operators, and ranchers. The AgriStress Helpline can be accessed by phone or text – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and interpretation services are provided in 160 languages. Each call receives a suicide assessment and is offered a 24-hour follow up call. In addition, crisis specialists have access to a state specific curated database of agricultural and health resources.

Why do farmers, operators, and ranchers need their own helpline?

20% of any population has mental health complications, including farmers and ranchers. Stigma and privacy concerns associated with mental health issues may mean that many people do not seek out available behavioral health services. Isolation, weather variability, limited access to health services, and fluctuating commodity prices have a direct impact on mental health. Good health, including mental health, is a key factor in one’s ability to keep farming.

The AgriStress Helpline states are supported by:

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Wyoming Department of Agriculture