AgSafe BC presents IN THE KNOW, a free, 4-hour workshop on mental health literacy for farmers and the agricultural community. Register for this virtual event at www.osier.ca/itk
Farming can be challenging, with factors such as market prices for crops and inputs, weather and climate conditions, and working in isolation that can lead to high levels of stress, burnout, and feelings of hopelessness among farmers. IN THE KNOW was designed with farmers to support farmers in:
Sessions in this schedule will be delivered virtually, and participants without necessary internet access will be able to participate by phone. Program facilitators are mental health professionals with experience, understanding, and connection to agriculture.
IN THE KNOW was developed at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, specifically for farmers and the agricultural community.
Register at www.osier.ca/itk
AgSafe has partnered with mental wellness practitioners to provide counselling services at no cost to members of BC Agriculture. Counsellors are set up to be contacted directly and are entirely third-party and confidential. Follow this link to look through the list of counsellors available at Mental Wellness | AgSafe (agsafe bc.ca)
Avail: AgSafe’s Mental Wellness Resource/app
Avail – a mental health dedicated app where you can connect with professionals and access other resources. Here is where you can sign up.
TELUS Health MyCare app.
The Do More Agriculture Foundation and TELUS Health MyCare have partnered to provide no-cost mental health counselling to all British Columbia producers and their families and those who provide support/services to farmers, growers, and ranchers. Here is where you can sign up.
Once registered on the app, individuals will have access to no-cost mental health counselling sessions, be able to read bios on each counsellor, select the counsellor that meets their needs and access same-day or next-day appointments.
Natural disasters such as the past year’s flooding or the summer’s wildfires are typically unexpected, sudden, and overwhelming. For many people, the destruction not only causes visible damage but also takes a huge emotional toll. It is common for people who have experienced a disaster to have strong emotional reactions. Understanding responses to distressing events can help you cope effectively with your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours and help you along the path to recovery.
We know that producers and their families will be impacted in different ways by this event. As such, we have sought to provide several resources to support you and will continue to update this information regularly.