Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, are conducting their second national survey investigating stress, depression, anxiety, burnout, suicide ideation, substance use, resilience and coping skills in farmers.
The goal of this confidential survey is to analyze the relationship between stress and resilience and to gather important information generally about the mental health of farmers in Canada.
The university anticipates the knowledge gained from this research project will help in supporting producers and contributing to their overall well-being and health. Findings from this study will also be compared against data previously collected in the Farmer Stress and Resilience Study from 2015-16.
Members of the agricultural community can complete the survey in English here, or French here. It will take about 20 minutes to complete, and participants are eligible for five draws to win $200. Submissions are being accepted until at least May 7.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division recently announced the launch of the In the Know mental health literacy training program for farmers in partnership with the University of Guelph and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. This four-hour workshop is designed to fit with farmers/producers limited availability owing to rigid daily schedules, distilling critical information and incorporating agricultural community culture. For more information, www.ontario.cmha.ca/intheknow.