Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division and local CMHA branches recognize that mental health in the agriculture industry is a topic of growing concern. Rates of stress, mental health issues and suicide are much higher among people who work in this industry as compared to the general population. The many constant demands, pressures and time constraints that come with this line of work often make farmers and producers put their work ahead of their well-being.
With this in mind, CMHA Ontario has collaborated with agriculture industry leaders to develop this web resource to make it easier for farmers to find support when and where they need it. If you are in crisis and this list of resources isn’t top of mind, please call 911 or visit your local emergency department.
WHERE TO FIND HELP
Find your local CMHA branch and learn about provincial CMHA resources that may help with mild to moderate anxiety and depression
Agriculture sector programs and resources
Information on various mental health supports compiled by agriculture sector leaders including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Do More Agriculture Foundation, Farm Credit Canada, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and 4-H Canada
Provincial and national services not directly affiliated with CMHA that can help you find provincial and local resources as well as crisis support
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
“These results are concerning and represent a major risk to the Canadian agricultural sector as poor mental health and well-being has negative implications for the individual farmer, as well as their families, livestock, production, and financial bottom lines.”
Source: National Survey of Farmer Mental Health, Submission to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food: Strengthening Canada’s Agricultural Sector – A Canadian Network for Farmer Mental Health by Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (2016)