Crisis Support for Agricultural Communities

You can also learn how AgriSafe and VIA LINK provide vital crisis support to farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, foresters, fishers, and their families from our webinar (7/7/2022):

Or listen to our interview with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition from NPR:

Upcoming Webinar:

Launching the 24/7 AgriStress Helpline in Your State
Date: September 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Central

What is the AgriStress Helpline?

The AgriStress HelplineSM is a free and confidential crisis and support line that you can call or text 24/7, and interpretation services are provided in 160 languages. 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 agriculture, forestry, and fishing workers. In addition, crisis specialists have access to a state specific curated database of agricultural and health resources.

Why do agriculture, forestry, and fishing workers need their own helpline?

Good health, including mental health, is a key factor in one’s ability to keep working. Social and geographical isolation, weather variability (such as extreme droughts or flash floods), limited access to health services, and fluctuating commodity prices have a direct impact on ag workers’ mental health. Stigma and privacy concerns associated with mental health may mean that many people do not seek out available behavioral health services.

Media inquiries and questions

Members of the media with questions about the AgriStress Helpline are encouraged to reach out to Laura Siegel, AgriSafe’s Health Communications Officer, at lsiegel@agrisafe.org. For general inquiries about the AgriStress Helpline, contact Executive Director Natalie Roy at nroy@agrisafe.org.

More in-depth information

For more details, download and view our one-paged Comprehensive Overview of the AgriStress Helpline.

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

This work is supported by: funding from the Missouri Department of Agriculture; the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, grant no. 2021-70035-35380, from the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture; funding from the Texas Department of Agriculture; the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, grant no. 2021-70035-35649, from the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture; and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, grant no. 2021-70035-35378, from the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.