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Farmer Wellness

Upcoming Webinar

Taking Care of You: The Importance of Self-care & Stress Management (March 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am)

Did you know – that no one is born with the innate ability to just “have” healthy boundaries? Combine that with our natural instincts as humans to care for each other, then top it all off with this day and age where stronger, faster, better drive our days – and we have an uphill battle to climb. Exhausted? Stretched too thin? Wondering where the days, weeks, years are going?

This workshop will talk about stress, depression, anxiety and burnout – how to notice signs and symptoms in yourself, your co-workers, family, and other important people in your world.

Learn practical strategies towards becoming more mindful; step back and gain some perspective in this fast-paced world of ours. Come together with other individuals at this session to understand how self-care is not selfish.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis call: 911, visit your local emergency room or call a crisis line ConnexOntario 1-866-531-2600

You are not alone. We understand the challenges farmers are facing and the stress that comes with it. Grain Farmers of Ontario is working to help you, our farmer-members, be successful in your business and we see a focus on mental health and well-being as part of that work.

We know from recent research that 35% of farmers met the clinical criteria for depression, 45% were classified as having high stress, 58% met the criteria for anxiety classification, and 40% of farmers reported they would feel uneasy about seeking professional help due to what people may think. Our agricultural community needs help.

Grain Farmers of Ontario has developed a program to help our farmer-members and the agricultural community gain easier access to the resources they may need to navigate through difficult times. We see distinct areas that need attention:

  1. Awareness – Helping to promote the idea that it is okay to ask for help when you are struggling. Many people struggle with similar issues and it is ok to ask for help.
  2. Prevention – We will provide resources such as articles, videos, webinars, workshops, and techniques to help our farmer-members manage the issues they are dealing with.
  3. Support Resources – We’ve gathered options if you or someone you know needs support.

You can read the full study here.

Results from the National Survey of Farmer Mental Health

This study involved 1100 producers from across Canada.

  • 35% of producers met criteria for depression
  • 45% of producers were classified as having high stress
  • 58% of producers met the criteria for anxiety classification
  • 40% of producers reported they would feel uneasy about seeking profession help, due to what people might think.
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