Farmers Mental Health Matters

Farmer Checking Wheat Field Progress, Holding Phone and Using In

Klinic Community Health and Manitoba Farmer Wellness program have partnered together to support farmers mental health throughout Manitoba. Together, we understand the many challenges that come with farming and know it can be difficult to know where to turn for help when stress on the farm begins to feel overwhelming.

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Farmer Checking Wheat Field Progress, Holding Phone and Using In

Healthy Farmers,
Healthy Farm.

Agriculture isn’t just a business – it’s a way of life, made up of families and communities.

Farmers are committed not only to their families, but also to their animals, land and communities. At the same time, farming can be one of the world’s most dangerous, risky and stressful occupations. There are many factors outside of one’s control in farming, including:

  • Weather
  • Pests
  • High input costs
  • Low profit margins
  • Volatile markets
  • Government policies
  • Technological changes

When one’s business and way of life are threatened, stress levels can be dramatically high on the farm.

You Are Not Alone

A Canadian study found that farmers are experiencing high levels of stress, burnout, depressive symptoms, and signs of anxiety. (‘National Survey of Farmers Mental Health’, Dr Andria Jones-Bitton, 2016). At the same time, many farmers are not seeking help for stress or mental health concerns, citing stigma and a lack of accessible or appropriate ‘farm-friendly’ services as concerns.

Depression

35% of farmers met the criteria for depression.

high Stress

45% of farmers met the criteria for high stress.

Anxiety

58% of farmers met the criteria for anxiety.

Support For Farmers

Klinic Community Health and Farmer Wellness Program counsellors understand both the joys and the challenges of modern day farming. Together, we offer free and confidential (phone, virtual, in-person), non-judgmental, empathic support, whether you are calling for yourself or a loved one.

Call Klinic's
Support Line

We know that speaking to someone who knows farming is important to you. Contact the Manitoba Farm Rural & Northern Support Services Support line if you are in need of support.

Meet With Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program

You can participate in a short-term counseling program delivered by professionals with backgrounds in agriculture at no cost. We want you to focus on getting the support you need without the worry of paying for the service. Counseling is provided by Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program.

Partners You Can Trust