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Farmer Wellness Webinar Series: Talk, Ask, Listen

Grain Farmers of Ontario, is please to present Talk, Ask, Listen an interactive mental health literacy program this is specific to the unique experiences of agriculture, and delivered by a facilitator who understands the industry.

Talk, Ask, Listen was developed by Do More Ag Foundation in partnership with Bridges Health solely for those who are involved in agriculture. The workshop/webinar provides greater awareness and understanding of mental health and helps to break down barriers and dispel the stigma around mental health issues through three actions – talking, asking, and listening. 

Through 4 one hour sessions – Mental Health Awareness, Providing Support, Supporting Within Your Means, Self Care – participants will learn a base understanding of mental health and mental illness as well as gain practical strategies they can implement in their daily lives in terms of supporting others and their own mental wellbeing in a condensed yet hands on format.

Participants are encouraged to attend all four session and earn a certificate of completion for the full Talk, Ask, Listen training, however each session is available individually.

Register below. Limited number of spots available. Please note, you can register anonymously by providing just your email address to receive the webinar link.

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Mental Health Awareness – September 8th, 2021 @ 1:00pm

In the first of 4 sessions, Participants will Learn about the Signs and symptoms of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, stress and substance use. They will also gain an understand of the unique statistics and factors the agriculture industry experiences. This will be a lecture-based session with examples tied to agriculture as well as time for questions.

Providing Support – December 15th, 2021 @ 1:00pm

Session 2 will teach participants how to support others when they may be going through a hard time. The session will focus on what support looks like, how to start a conversation, how to direct those you are supporting to resources, and how to follow up with them on how they are doing. This module begins with relevant examples and includes practical mock conversations between participants based on case studies provided.

Supporting Within Your Means – February 22nd, 2022 @ 1:00pm

For those supporting someone with a mental health issue, learning to support with in your means is an important skill. Session 3 will discuss boundaries, appropriate interventions based on comfort and training, as well as resources for yourself and others.  This session closes with two unique personal reflections and life balance exercises. These exercises will assist participants in understanding their own current state so they can support others within their means.

Self Care – April 7th, 2022 @ 1:00pm

The last session in this series will teach participants about prevention through self care and review tips, strategies and practical applications on how to take care of yourself and your mental health for future mental wellness.

Techniques for managing through difficult times


At a slow pace, breathe from your waist, in breath for 4 sec, breathe out for 6 sec. Do this for 3 – 5 minutes

5 Senses Exercise

Take a deep breathe and focus on what is around you. Can you identify:

  • 5 things you can see
  • 4 things you can feel
  • 3 things you can hear
  • 2 things you can smell
  • 1 thing you can taste

This will help you feel present in your surroundings and reduce your anxiety in the moment.

Reach out

When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed reach out to a close friend or family member. This can give you a fresh perspective and help you to bring your stress level down in that moment.

Tune in to your body

Mentally scan your body to get a sense of how stress affects it. Lie on your back or sit with your feet on the floor. Start at your toes and work your way up to your scalp, noticing how your body feels. Try to relax each part of your body.

Listen to our Farmer Wellness Podcast

Episode 47: Deborah Vanberkel and Markus Haerle

Episode 38: Dr. Elizabeth Skidmore & Markus Haerle

Episode 14: Kathy Somers & Barry Senft

Farmer Wellness Webinar Series

Helpful Articles

Mental Fitness Tips for Well-being
This article gives you tips on things you can do to keep yourself feeling well even in the face of difficult times.

Getting Help
It can be difficult to ask for help. This article from CMHA lays out several options for ways to find help. It also talks about how to help others who may be struggling. 

Five simple ways to boost serotonin

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’
Stress Management and High-Performance Clinic

Canadian Mental Health Association
Resources and support

Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit
Stigma free society provides resources for individuals living in agricultural and rural communities

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