Farm Family Resource Initiative


The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development (CRHSSD) is leading the effort to build a network of support and resources for Illinois farm families. The purpose of the initiative is to provide a range of resources including a helpline to assist with farmer and farm-related issues that include mental and physical health needs. Additionally, the initiative offers ongoing outreach, education and training to rural clients and partners working to improve the health and safety of farm families.

The Farm Family Resource Initiative seeks to improve the health and well-being of Illinois farm owners and families by:

  • Identifying farm family needs, including mental health needs
  • Identifying available resources for farm families
  • Creating new resources for farm families
  • Developing a network of partners to respond to farm family needs
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    Call or Text 

    Farmers and farm family's who prefer can also email counselors at

    Additional telehealth counseling sessions with SIU Medicine counselors are available for those in need of additional support. Up to six individual, couple or group sessions are available at no cost to the farmer or farm family member with the support of grant funding.

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    Learn more about the FFRI by watching the IDOA virtual 52nd Agriculture Day presentation.

    “Grant funding provided by USDA NIFA to the Illinois Department of Agriculture through the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network”  

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    The state of Illinois was able to secure $300,000 in state funding in this year’s state budget for the FFRI program. The SIU School of Medicine CRHSSD has been leading the effort to build this support network for Illinois farm families.


    Q&A: How stress takes a toll on farm families

    Sangamon County Farm Bureau Director Jim Birge answers questions about the stressors that farmers and farm families face today and why the Farm Family Resource Initiative is an asset to the farming community. 

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