What to expect when you call the Farm Stress Line?
Callers of all ages, genders and backgrounds are welcome. You may be calling seeking help for yourself or help to address the impact of others in crisis. You do not have to be in crisis or suicidal to call. Calling the Crisis Lines can be a good place to start when trying to sort out a problem. We can also refer you to other services or programs.
What to expect when you call Farm Stress Line
- You will talk with a professionally trained crisis counsellor
- Our crisis service are free and confidential
- Crisis workers will listen to you talk about what is worrying you
- They may ask you to provide information about your current situation, past situations, your current and past supports (family, friends and professionals)
- They will help you tell your story
- They will keep all aspects of your conversation confidential
- They will help you prioritize the issues you have identified, not judge you for what you’re going through
- They will assess what has worked well and what hasn’t
- They will help you determine what needs to be addressed and what can wait
- They will help you determine what you have control over and those issues you have no control over
- They will problem solve with you and identify alternatives
- It is okay to call back if you continue to struggle while you work towards making positive changes
The hardest part is that decision to pick up the phone and call.
Crisis workers refer to the Ag Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw for technical issues with ranching/farming. They have agriculture specialists who can address a broad range of agriculture issues.
Crisis intervention is immediate and short-term psychological care aimed at assisting individuals in a crisis situation restore equilibrium back to their lives.
Crisis support is short term; and will provide you with assistance, non-judgemental support and resources in your time of need. The main goal of crisis support is to help reduce stress and improve your ability to cope with your current situation, providing knowledge on how to deal with any future crises.
If a crisis is not dealt with in a healthy way, it can lead to longer lasting mental health issues, social, relationship or physical problems.
If you are in crisis, whatever the circumstances, you’re not alone. Help is available.
Email Support is available for those who do not feel comfortable calling the Farm Stress Line. See Email Support to assess whether this is something that is a better fit for you.