OMAFRA developed a toolkit in 2020, of resources for the agriculture sector that was shared widely. Included in this toolkit are a number of mental health resources including the Mental Health for Farmers – First Aid Kit and AbilitiCBT, a government-sponsored mental health program.
The governments of Canada and Ontario recently announced that they are investing in new initiatives to support and promote mental health in Ontario’s farming and rural communities. Three initiatives will receive over $430,000 in funding as the governments continue to focus on ensuring farmers, agri-food workers, and rural communities have access to the mental health support they need. These projects will provide more data on farmer and rural mental health in Ontario to ensure available supports meet unique community needs.
Ontario is also helping the sector through farm financial assessments, enhanced risk management programs, and the Ontario, Agricultural Information Contact Centre (OMAFRA) where comprehensive support information is available.