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WI Farm Center Offering 24/7 Hotline, Counseling to Farmers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/02/2020

Wisconsin farmers facing distress because of finances or other mental anxiety can access additional free and confidential counseling resources from the Farm Center, thanks to a new pilot program. Starting this week, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture will offering a 24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline to speak with licensed mental health professionals.

The hotline can be reached at 888-901-2558. Callers can schedule ongoing telehealth counseling sessions, with referrals made through the 24/7 hotline or through the Wisconsin Farm Center at 800-942-2474.

Persons who prefer an in-person session can request to meet with a local provider through the Farm Center's longstanding Counseling Voucher Program.

"The 24/7 Farmer Counseling Hotline is available around the clock as a welcoming ear for farmers who need to talk through a challenging time in their life," said Farm Center Director Jayne Krull. "We hope that this initial pilot program will help us better understand whether a 24/7 hotline and tele-counseling are viable tools for our farmers with mental health needs."

The pilot program was funded by the 2019-2021 biennial state budget.

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