It’s more important than ever for neighbours to take care of neighbours. Here are some resources:
If you need immediate help:
Call 911 if you or someone you know is in crisis.
Canada Suicide Prevention Service: Call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645 (4pm-12am ET)
ConnexOntario Mental Health Helpline: Call 1-866-531-2600 or visit www.connexontario.ca.
Ontario 211: Call 2-1-1 to find mental health supports in your area.
National Farmer Mental Health Alliance (NFMHA)
National Farmer Mental Health Alliance (NFMHA) provides training, education, and resources to improve access to agriculture-informed mental health services.
Farmer Wellness Initiative
ALL Ontario farmers can receive unlimited counselling sessions with a mental health professional trained to understand the unique needs of farming. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ontario farmers looking for support can call 1-866-267-6255.
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Information on self care, stress mitigation, distress centres and other supports:
Farm Credit Canada
Farmer-centered resources on wellbeing, stress relief and caring for others who are struggling with their mental health:
University of Guelph
Guidance documents for personal wellbeing and mental health crises:
- 8 Domains of Well-Being During COVID-19
- Emergency Response Model for Mental Health During Agricultural Crisis
The Do More Agriculture Foundation
Canada-wide mental health resources and farmer-centered mental health care training:
CFFO: Managing Stress
Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH)
CAMH offers several web resources and mental health supports:
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
WSPS has online training available on raising awareness in the agricultural workplace:
Government of Ontario COVID-19 Support
Visit COVID-19: Support for People to find information about confidential and free mental health and addictions services and supports for Ontarians of all ages.
Please note: CFFO does not own the rights to these resources. Information provided by the organizations above offers general information and is not a substitute for professional advice. Please discuss anxiety, depression and other mental health impacts with your doctor or mental health professional. If you are in crisis, call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600, or visit the emergency department at your local hospital.