Farm Family Resource Initiative offers new helpline

Area farmers who need someone to talk to about the everyday stresses of farming and pandemic-related challenges now have a new resource. A new helpline (1-833-FARM-SOS) will connect farmers to health professionals and services through the Farm Family Resource Initiative. This confidential resource is available free of charge and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Calling the helpline provides instant access to trained professionals who can provide necessary support and services.


Initiated through the legislative leadership of Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), the Farm Family Resource Initiative is a joint pilot program of SIU School of Medicine and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The goal of the program is to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of Illinois farm owners and families. For more information, visit