After a very wet spring, crops are finally in the ground and growing. Ontario Farmers are past the first hurtle of the season but there is still a lot of uncertainty making it difficult to focus on anything outside of how you will be affected by the uncontrollable factors that surround you. Grain Farmers of Ontario sees the importance of helping our farmer-members manage this stress.

On this page you will find resources to help understand the impact of stress within the farming community, identify and manage your stress, and where to get help if you or someone you know is struggling.

Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting a Farmer Wellness webinar series with Kathy Somers from the University of Guelph’s Stress and High-Performance clinic.

You can register here.

Download: Stress Management
A resource for stress management developed by Grain Farmers of Ontario for our farmer-members.

GrainTALK Episode 14: Kathy Somers

Listen to Episode 14 of the GrainTALK podcast, which features Kathy Somers of the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic in Guelph, ON.

Crisis Lines

Crisis Services Canada: 1 (833) 456-4566
Website: www.crisisservicescanada.ca

ConnexOntario: 1 (866) 531-2600
Website: www.connexontario.ca

Video Playlist

Articles

Mental Health and Farming
An Op-Ed from Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Five simple ways to boost serotonin
FCC: Serotonin, sometimes known as the happiness chemical, is a neurotransmitter belived to help regulate mood, sleep, memory and more.

Rooted in Strength
FCC: Taking care of our families and ourselves.

Tips & Tricks

My Health Dashboard

A guide to beating burnout

What’s your stress index?

Ways to dial down stress

Helpful Websites

FCC: Rooted in Strength
Mental Health Resources to take care of our families and ourselves.

The Do More Ag Foundation
Help us Champion the mental well being of all Canadian producers

Kathy Somers’ Selfregulationskills.ca
Stress Managment and High Performance Clinic

Read more in Ontario Grain Farmer

Continuing the conversation: Ontario farmers open up about mental health issues
February 2018 2017 was a difficult production year for farmers across Canada. Unpredictable weather was an enormous source of stress for growers; this, paired with ongoing concerns about insect, disease, and weed pressures and government regulations — many farmers experienced stress like never before. Read more.

Seasonal stress: New initiatives to help farmers cope
September 2018 It’s November. It’s been a wet fall, resulting in wet, muddy fields. It’s sunny today, drying the ground up just enough to maybe get a combine in the fields. Read more.