Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN)

Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN)

Coping with the pressures of farming

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let us help take the stress out of farming. our services are designed to allow our staff to support you and your farm so you don't need to face these issues alone.

 

The NH FRSAN is a collaborative effort to address structural root causes of farmer stress, mental health, and suicide in New Hampshire. This statewide effort is also in collaboration with regional and national efforts to build behavioral health awareness, literacy, access, and outcomes for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers in the Northeast. You can learn more about the efforts at a regional level here https://www.youngfarmers.org/frsan-ne-about/

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    Our goal is to alleviate the stressors of farming by:

    • Providing funding to vendors to pay for services that address root cause issues of farmer stress
    • Building farmers’ skills through education
    • Developing and collecting informational resources in an on-line resource library
    • Connecting farmers with their peers for practical and confidential assistance
    • All services are available as first come, first served, until funds run out.

    Click Here if you are a vendor interested in the program


    More About Ways To Get Help

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      Mental Wellbeing

    Mental Well-being

    Let us help you take the stress out of farming by connecting you with confidential therapeutic support. You can call 1-800-429-7153 to be connected directly with a licensed mental health professional. The program will cover six therapy sessions, primarily through tele-health. We have identified a handful of therapists that both understand the nature of farm life and have participated in a training to help them better understand the unique experiences and needs of farmers. 

    Social Work / Case Management Support 

    We all want the best for our family.  Could you use assistance navigating resources in your community for you and your family?  A Social Worker can help! Issues like insurance, food instability, and childcare issues can be complicated to understand.  Let us help you steer you in the right direction. 

    Please call our Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-429-7153 where you will be connected with a social worker.

     

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    Whether you need specific legal advice, if you have a simple question, or need some general legal guidance, we have several offerings to meet you wherever you are.  

    The NH Farmer Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) is partnering with the NH Legal Food Hub to offer legal assistance for NH farmers.  The NH Legal Food Hub has its own independent program to provide pro-bono legal assistance for farmers and food businesses who meet certain economic thresholds.  The NH FRSAN received funds through a State Department of Agriculture Grant to help offset some legal costs for farmers if they do not qualify for the Legal Food Hub services. 

    If you are a NH farmer and seeking legal services, please click the link below and fill out the application and you will be contacted shortly. 

    Questions? Call NH-Farmer Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) resource lines
    1-800-785-7914 or
    1-844-LAW-GROW (1-844-529-4769 ext 6)

    Fill Out Application for Legal Services

     

    Answers to Legal Questions 

    Need legal direction or background? Do you have questions about farm law but don't know where to start for answers? Are you unsure if your issue requires an attorney? Or, maybe you just want more background on a legal subject you're exploring?  

    Using a platform developed by Farm Commons we have the ability to answer farmers’ legal questions. Farmers submit their questions to extension staff at FRSAN.NH@unh.edu we will upload these for review by Farm Commons lawyers. This is an educational service to provide direction or background, it is not a meeting with an attorney nor a specific legal opinion.  

    Podcast 

    Here are six episodes we recommend from our friends at Farm Commons Podcast:

     Ep. 44: Farmland Leasing 101 - staff attorney Sarah Vaile breaks down what a lease is, how it functions, and the creative power you have to shape how it works.

     Ep. 43: Unlock the Potential of a Farm Employee Handbook - the surprising efficiencies and improvements that farm employee handbooks can provide for your operation.

     Ep. 42: Avoiding Discrimination in Hiring and Firing on New Hampshire Farms - how to identify and avoid (accidental) discrimination in employment law on your farm so that you can manage your workforce with confidence.

     Ep. 41: Choosing a Business Structure Together -  how to choose the right business structure when operating the farm with others.

    Ep. 40: Farm Couples and Managing Stress through Paperwork - the powerful role of paperwork in managing business and personal stress when farming with a spouse or romantic partner.

    Ep. 39: Farming with Family – Getting in and getting out - key legal considerations for setting up a farm business with family members.

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    Financial 

    Running a farm can also bring the stressors of farm financial management. We have a variety of tools plus one-on-one services to help address some root causes of farm financial stress you may be experiencing.

    If you want to discuss your farm's financial stress, please call 1-800-785-7914 and leave a message that you would like to have a conversation.

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    Mediation 

    If you have a problem with a lender, creditor, USDA program, neighbor, or need assistance with a lease, labor or contract issue, or a farm transition, we are partnering with NH Agriculture Mediation to help you resolve the situation.

    What is Mediation? An informal process where parties meet with a neutral person who helps in the negotiation of differences. It is a voluntary and confidential alternative to traditional legal and regulatory processes. The mediator does not determine who is legally right or wrong nor will the mediator tell either party what to do. Mediation leaves the decision-making power totally and strictly with the parties. Mediators work with all parties to: Eliminate communication obstacles, Facilitate a calm and rational discussion, Identify and clarify the issues, Explore options, Record agreements. 

    Visit the NH Agriculture Mediation Webpage to request a session. 

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    Peer to Peer Networks 

    Farmer to Farmer Support Network with NH Farm Bureau 

    This program is under development. Check back with us later to learn more about farmers connecting for peer-to-peer mental health support.

    NH Queer Farmer* Network 

    A group of farmers are working together to forge a network of queer farmers. The group meets informally both online and on farms to form community, assess needs, and share opportunities.  Email nhqueerfarmers@gmail.com to connect.

    *Note: “N.H. queer farmers” means anyone who is a farmworker, farmowner, or aspiring farmer/homesteader who is living and/or working in the state of New Hampshire and identifies with the word queer. 

    BIPOC Farmer Network 

    Working with staff at the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project at the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, we are providing resources and trainings specific to the groups' needs. This includes peer-to-peer support, mental well-being, tax, and financial literacy training. Please connect with Anthony Munene if you wish to connect: amunene@refugeesuccess.org 

     

    Not in a crisis and want to speak with someone? 

    Mental Health Hotline
    1-800-429-7153
    Confidential support with a NH-based licensed therapist. Please leave a voicemail; we aim to return calls within 24 hours.

    FRSAN-NH Resource Line
    1-800-785-7914
    For all inquiries about all our offerings for N.H. farmers.  Please leave a voicemail; we aim to return calls within 24 hours.

     

    Help in a crisis 

    NH Psychiatric Crisis Services
    1-833-710-6477 
    Call or text the New Hampshire Rapid Response Access Point or visit www.NH988.com to chat with a trained professional. 

     

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    1-800-273-8255  
    The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. You do not need to be suicidal to call.  

    Professional Services and Technical Assistance for Farmers:  

    Through this USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) project we can pay vendors to deliver services to farmers. We have identified a core group of vendors; however, if a farm has relationship with a vendor not already onboarded, we can add them as a vendor. 

    • Mental Health – up to 6 visits per farmer 

    • Farm Financial Analysis

    • Tax Planning/Succession Planning 

    • Legal Assistance 

    • Debt Analysis/Credit Mediation

    • Farmer-to-farmer support network

     

    Monies will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis until gone.   

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      This program is in partnership with:
      • UNH Extension
      • National Young Farmer Coalition
      • NH Farm Bureau
      • NH Department of Agriculture Markets and Food
      • NCAT/ATTRA
      • NH Agriculture Mediation
      Thank you to our funders:
      • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) project 2021-09294 -thru the State Departments of Agriculture grant
      • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) project 2019-70028-30464 and 2020-70028-thru the National Young Farmers Coalition