Circles of Support: Building Resilience Together

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Social support is a critical factor in keeping us resilient in tough times and when we are facing stressful challenges.

Working on your resilience right now, even if you are dealing with tough times, can help you get through them. There are several things that contribute to your resilience, and connecting with other people can improve them all. That’s why we should work on Building Resilience Together.

Start by reaching out to a group of 5 to 10 people and talking about what you are going through. Getting together virtually with small circle of people can help you foster hope, make a plan, take care of yourself and find meaning. It can help you cope now and get ready not just to bounce back, but to bounce forward.

We’ve created a Women in Agriculture Learning Circle Guide: Building Resilience Together to help you. The guide gives you a structure for your circle’s conversations and activities to help your all work on your resilience together over the next 5 to 8 weeks. Download the 5 week or 8 week guide by clicking the button below.

Start a circle today!

Circles of Support are small, supportive groups for building our resilience together. Here's how to get one started.

  • Reach out to 5-10 friends or acquaintances to set up a meeting.
  • Make a plan to meet with your circle for the first time. There are instructions for two ways to connect over long distances below.
  • Use the "Building Resilience Together" circle guide booklet to guide the first meeting.
  • If you have questions or need help, let us know! Contact Jessica Groskopf at

Zoom is a video conference platform that allows you connect via phone, tablet or computer. Here are a few links to get you started.


If your Circle would like to stay connected via social media, you can also create a private Facebook group. You can also video chat via Facebook.

Need help now?

Nebraska’s Rural Response Hotline is a vital resource for individuals and families who are feeling overwhelmed with stress, depression, or other mental health related issues. When a farmer, rancher, or rural resident calls the Hotline, they are connected to an experienced staff person who is equipped to assist callers through the COMHT (Counseling, Outreach, and Mental Health Therapy) Program. Staff members are trained to work with individuals over the telephone or in their home providing confidential information and assistance. No-cost counseling vouchers are also available for individuals in crisis who wish to seek further support through a mental health professional. If you or someone you know are in need of these services please call the Hotline at 1-800-464-0258