met the criteria for depression classification


were classified as having high levels of perceived stress


met the criteria for anxiety classification

*Results from the National Survey of Farmer Mental Health, involving 1100 producers from across Canada. © Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton 2018. All rights reserved.

Stories of strength

 Our gratitude to the people who shared their paths to bring wellness and balance back to their lives.

"As a couple, we were struggling in silence trying to protect the other. We were each blaming ourselves for our hard farming year and financial stress." 
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"Every time we face adversity and get through it, we gain strength."
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"In farming, we’re taught to tough it out, to deal with things ourselves and figure them out. But sometimes that’s not possible."
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"Some think admitting they have issues is a sign of weakness. But opening up might be the most courageous thing you ever do."
Read moreabout talking to teens about mental health

Check your dashboard

When you look at your internal dashboard, do you see all green lights? Are there any red lights tipping you towards overload and stress?

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If you need help

View the list of mental health help lines and what you can expect when you call. If you are in crisis, please visit your local emergency department or call 911 immediately.

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Farming can be filled with stress and unknowns, but there are strategies that can help you manage them.

Three experts share financial, transition planning and mental wellness tips for farmers.

Janel Delage’s love of farming has grown, even after losing her husband to illness. Family, friends, a supportive farm team and her own conviction have helped her through.

Helping a loved one

Having a family member with a mental illness is stressful. In addition to coping with day-to-day living, families can experience tremendous guilt, fear, grief, anxiety, self-doubt and uncertainty.

Each family member may react differently to the situation, but it's important everyone understands that the person dealing with a mental illness must always be treated with dignity and respect.

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How often do you run on empty?

You are the most important machinery in your operation, and a little self-maintenance goes a long way. Eating balanced meals, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep are all important in maintaining your physical and mental health.

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3 tips for taking care of yourself

  1. Regular exercise reduces symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety, especially if your work means you spend a lot of time sitting.
  2. Assess your mental health from time to time and ask for help if you need it. Learn to recognize when someone else may be having problems and assist them in contacting resources for support.
  3. Once a week, do something you are passionate about.

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Common stressors on the farm

What would top your list of stressors? Identifying the cause is the first step to better managing stress.

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3 signs you might need a break

  1. Tiredness and stress can lead to poor performance that has nothing to do with your ability to do your job. If you find yourself making frequent mistakes, schedule a decent break.
  2. Stress of tiredness can affect your ability to cope. When you start to resent the chores you need to do or feel you're just going in circles, that resentment creeps into your behaviour towards others. And that puts all your relationships at risk.
  3. It's natural to have plans for the future, but if you spend hours dreaming about quitting this industry you once loved - without any plans about what you're going to do next - take it as a warning sign.

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Mental well-being is the combination of:

  • How you feel about yourself, the world and your life
  • Your ability to solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Your ability to build relationships with others and contribute to your communities
  • Your ability to achieve your goals at work and in life

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How stress impacts your physical health

Feeling stressed for periods of time can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Our bodies respond to stress by releasing stress hormones, which make blood pressure, heart rates, and blood sugar levels go up. The first symptoms are relatively mild, like chronic headaches and increased susceptibility to colds. However, with increased exposure to chronic stress, more serious health problems may develop.

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Media materials

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Information provided on this webpage is general content and is not a substitute for professional advice. Concerns of anxiety, stress, depression and other mental health impacts should be discussed with your doctor or other mental health professional. If you are in crisis, please visit your local emergency department or call 911 immediately.