Archive: Mental Health

Mental Health Week: Awareness and Resilience in Agriculture

Next week, May 6-12, is CMHA Mental Health Week. Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the week-long awareness campaign brings mental health and wellbeing into focus nation-wide, across communities, age groups, and industries. Mental health in the agriculture industry has been in the spotlight over the last few years. At the beginning of…

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week

This Sunday, March 10th, marks the start of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), promoting on-farm safety awareness across Canada. This year, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is celebrating Safe & Strong Farms, a campaign to “empower farmers, farm families and farming communities to build, grow, and lead the agricultural industry in safety and sustainability.”…

Photo Credit: OMAFRA
Roundtable on Mental Health in Agriculture, with Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton and Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. Photo: OMAFRA

Funding Farmer Mental Health

This week, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, convened a stakeholder’s roundtable on mental health challenges facing the agriculture industry. Research conducted in 2016 by University of Guelph professor Andria Jones-Bitton demonstrates that Canadian farmers experience much higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression than the general population. Roundtable participants, which…