Farmer and rancher mental health focus of Governor General Discussion

Learning to seek help and breaking the cycle of silence on mental illness. That was the focus of a recent roundtable discussion between Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General for Canada, and Saskatchewan partners SaskAgMatters, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health (CCRAH), and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic FARMh program.

SaskAgMatters: Supporting the people who feed us!

The goal of the SaskAgMatters MentalHealth Network is to provide agriculture producers across Saskatchewan with free and accessible mental health resources that they feel comfortable turning to.

NEW! Musculoskeletal Disorder Resource

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are a widespread health problem that can result in long term pain and suffering. MSDs are extremely common in farmers and rural workers due to the physical nature of most of the tasks common to the farm including repetitive motions, awkward posture and heavy loads.

The Importance of Self-Maintenance for Farm Productivity Webinar

As an agriculture producer, did you know that your state of health can have an effect on the productivity of your farm operation? If productivity is impacted, so is your bottom line. Learn how your health has an impact on your farm operation, the signs of decreasing health, and simple daily steps for doing your own self-maintenance.

Mental Wellness Short Video Series

It is no secret that Saskatchewan producers experience many unique stressors that can have a negative impact on one’s mental health. Weather and uncertain crop yields, financial insecurity, and isolation are all common throughout the agriculture sector. As a result, farmers and their families are susceptible to high levels of mental health concerns, including chronic stress, depression, anxiety, and suicide. It is more important than ever to have appropriate tools and supports available as we continue to increase knowledge and awareness about mental health in agriculture. The Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, in conjunction with Bridges Health, has developed these videos to provide information and helpful strategies on how to improve resilience and prioritize mental wellbeing. This resource was made possible through the Farm Safety Program, which is funded by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.