Pre-paid, ongoing wellness coaching and counseling services are now available toBentonCounty farm families.Families can get confidential support for a variety of life events via phone, text, live chat, video or app-in addition to existing sources of 24/7 help.
Coaching and counseling will be provided through Personal Assistance Services (PAS),whichhasbeen engaged todeliverits wide range of services directly to Iowa farm families. Farm Foundation, an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture, obtained fundingtocreate a program that will provide access to contracted, top-qualitytelevideoand telephonic counseling and other resourcesto farm families free of charge.In partnership withFarm Foundation,Iowa State University Extension and Outreachis raising awarenessaboutthe new services, whichcomplement those already available to Iowa farm families.The resulting Iowa Farm Family Wellness Alliance hopes to grow its impact over time, bringing important wellness resources to even more families across Iowa and beyond.
"Farm families face extraordinary challenges. Asruralentrepreneurs,they don't always haveeasyaccess to the resources theymight need," said Shari Rogge-Fidler, Farm Foundation President and CEO. "We are pleased tobringa coalition of partnerstogether to provide direct help, and to be working with ISU Extension and Outreach to get the word out to Iowa farm families that these valuable, pre-paid services are available to them."
Through one-on-one intervention,PAS professionals are available to help all generations of farm families with a wide variety of life challenges, including: health and nutrition; tobacco cessation; organization and time management; career and retirement planning; child care and elder care; anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, substance use and more.
The new services complement those already available through the Iowa Concernresource, which has been offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach since 1985.
"For 35 years, Iowansacross the state have depended on Iowa Concern forfreeeducation, referrals and other support from ISU Extension and Outreach professionals to handle questions relating to stress, financial concerns, legal rights and disaster recovery," saidJohn Lawrence, vice president for extension and outreach. "We are excited that now many farm families have access to additional support in the form of ongoing counseling and coaching."
Iowa Concern continues to be available to all Iowans by calling 1-800-447-1985. Families wishing to take advantage of the newly available pre-paid, ongoing coaching and counseling services through PAS can get started by calling 1-833-999-FARM (3276).