This spring, planting season is a time of new beginnings, but it can also be a stressful period for farmers and their families. Ontario's Government wants to raise awareness, to help keep mental health and self-care top of mind in the farming community.
Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is launching a new video series to raise awareness among farmers, their families and communities about how the unique challenges they face during planting season can impact mental health. The videos, featuring information and advice from farmers and leaders in the agriculture sector, will be posted on @OMAFRA and the ministry's website throughout the season.
This video series is part of a broader, agriculture-focused mental health awareness effort underway since January, which includes a social media campaign and roundtable discussions.
Just talking with a friend or family member can make a world of difference. Farmers can also reach out for mental health support in their communities.
This initiative is part of the government's commitment to invest $1.9 billion over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy. This is the biggest commitment to mental health in provincial history.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs supports a number of programs to help farmers, including research to evaluate mental health needs for farmers and farm business risk management programs to cover loss and damage.
- Videos will be posted on @OMAFRA.
- Resources are listed on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.