The current social and economic situation is tenuous and stressful for many of us. Listed below are links to resources for help and encouragement.

General Resources


Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling, and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disaster.
TEXT TalkWithUs | Hablanos to 66746

National Domestic Abuse Hotline
Get Help: Our highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
TEXT LOVEIS to 22522
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National Sexual Abuse Hotline
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including: 

  • Confidential support from a trained staff member
  • Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
  • Someone to help you talk through what happened
  • Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery
  • Referrals for long term support in your area
  • Information about the laws in your community
  • Basic information about medical concerns

CALL 1-800-656-4673 | CHAT with a counselor



Pandemic Fatigue:

Stress Management:


Caregiver/Frontline Worker:

Suicide Prevention

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Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones...
1-800-273-8255 for English | 1-800-273-8255 for Spanish
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Senior Care






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Elder Care Locator

CALL  1-800-677-1116

Hours of Operation:
Speak with an information specialist at the Eldercare Locator from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday. After business hours, you can get the phone number for an agency in your area that provides information for older adults and caregivers. Messages left with the Eldercare Locator will be returned the next business day.

TDD/TTY Service:
Access your local relay service or dial “711” for your relay operator. Instruct the Relay Operator to connect you to the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.

Information in Spanish and other Languages:
A Spanish-speaking information specialist is available when you call the Eldercare Locator from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday. Language interpretation service for 150 languages is also available during these business hours.

Online Chat:
Have an online text chat with an information specialist from the Eldercare Locator from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday. Learn more about online chat.
Start Online Chat.

E-mail the Eldercare Locator at


Especially for Children

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 HugsAs adults struggle to cope with the ways the Corona Virus has impacted every aspect of our daily lives and relationships. we often forget that our children are facing the same struggles and need our empathy and guidance more than ever. Finding safe ways to connect and have fun together is just as important as maintaining routine and consistency in the midst of chaotic change and isolation. We have listed just a few resources below and are here to answer questions and help in any way we can.

Helping Children Cope with Disasters
Talking with Children about the Corona Virus
Activities and Reources to help Children Grieve


National Child Abuse Hotline
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.
CALL 1-800-422-4553
TEXT 1-800-422-4553
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Iowa Agriculture

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AMES, Iowa – Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, erratic weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. Now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the economic impact and unpredictability produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has described the effect of COVID-19 on Iowa’s farm economy as “devastating.”

During her May 28 daily press briefing, Governor Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig communicated that Iowa’s meatpacking plants are operating at only 80 percent capacity. In addition, the U.S. pork industry has lost about 25% of its processing capacity due to COVID-19, and livestock producers are being forced by the consequences of COVID-19 to euthanize animals.

Iowa State University economists are saying Iowa’s pork industry has lost more than $2 billion; the beef industry, $700 million; corn, nearly $800 million; and soybeans, more than $200 million.  The impact is devastating.

Help is now available. The State of Iowa recently announced the launch of COVID Recovery Iowa, a nearly $1-million-dollar grant funded program from FEMA. This program, available now, provides resources and stress counseling via virtual sessions, chat or phone call. People of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn new strategies to cope with the effects of the pandemic in a variety of creative ways.

Anxiety, loneliness, anger and sense of loss are only a few of the very normal emotions Iowans may be feeling right now. This crisis, however, does not affect everyone in the same way. Individuals may feel fine and confident one day and overwhelmed the next.  Family members may feel things differently – and at different times as well. That is why COVID Recovery Iowa is available to help.  Having accessible an avenue to learn more about what is happening and talk to someone about the personal impact is very important.

Every Iowan is eligible for FREE confidential resource and referral, education, and counseling.  Persons can simply contact the Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985, go to .  Program staff at these sites can also provide referrals to and information about programs that will help Iowans manage stress, family financial and farm financial concerns throughout the pandemic. These programs include Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management resources and resources for parents and much more.  Educational seminars and solutions for farmer and businesses managing staff remotely who are in need support is available as well.  Contact COVID Recovery Iowa to learn more and let us tailor a response to your specific personal or business need.

COVID RECOVERY IOWA resources at a glance:





Phone: Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985 or Iowa Warm Line at 844-775-9276


Contact for this release: Jason Haglund,  Specialty Coordinator Agriculture and Rural Mental Health and Substance Use, COVID Recovery Iowa  Phone: 515-450-3004





Our Veterans


Veteran's Crisis Line
Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

CALL 1-800-2773-8255
TEXT 8388255
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