With everything going on, including financial pressures, ongoing market uncertainty, continuing self-isolation, concern for the health of loved ones, it is understandable that stress and anxiety will potentially impact the mental well-being of you or other farm employees. Mental health is just as important as physical health in this difficult time, and we are aware of this at Milverton-Wellesley Veterinary Services.
Be sure to check-in with your loved ones, employees, and do not hesitate to talk to your vet if you are struggling. We are in this with you and are more than happy to lend a listening ear.
We have compiled a list of farm-specific mental health resources for your reference:
Ontario Mental Health Crisis Service – Offers listening, support and information about counselling and other services in your community. https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-mental-health-support OR call 211
Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has an info page and FAQs about calling a crisis line. https://ofa.on.ca/resources/mental-health-resources/
OMAFRA Mental Health First Aid Kit – the most comprehensive list of mental health resources for Ontario Farmers. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/mental-health.htm
The Do More Agriculture Foundation – You can subscribe for updates on research and program initiatives regarding mental health, including mental health first aid training sessions. https://www.domore.ag/
Farm Credit Canada: “Rooted in Strength” booklet – Has some handy tips for de-stressing, farmer testimonies, and basic information on mental health and stress. https://www.fcc-fac.ca/fcc/knowledge/wellness/mental-health-publication-e.pdf
DFO’s Mental Health Page – Another page with lots of helpful links https://www.milk.org/mentalhealth/?