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 still dealing with or recovering from the disaster, can help you get through this. 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 to a group of 5 to 10 people and talking about what you are going through. Getting together regularly 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 or 8 weeks.
If you have questions or need help, let us know! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a Private Facebook Group
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 Extension has mobilized a number of resources to aid in the road to recovery. Check out these resources on https://flood.unl.edu/ Topics include applying for government assistance, testing well water, and more.
Producers that have been impacted by the blizzard and flooding and are now in need of hay, feed stuffs, fencing materials, volunteer help, equipment, etc. should call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550. Be prepared to share your name, contact information, type and number of livestock, location (including county), what assistance you are seeking and how urgent your need is.
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.