When it comes to our physical health, we all have strategies to stay healthy and the physical parts of farming help with that, from chasing after livestock, carrying supplies and products to going up and down the ladder of bins and equipment.Read More
Saskatchewan, September 23, 2019 – Year two of the rural mental health training program presented by the Do More Agriculture Foundation (DMA) and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has officially launched and is accepting applications.Read More
Farming can require punishing long hours with very little respite. And carrying out agricultural tasks for hours on end can often be lonely too. That leaves many farm owners with a poor work/life balance.
So, here are 5 things you could do – right now – to get some quality time back and improve your working conditions:Read More
5 Mental Health Podcast You Should Listen To!Read More
Do More Ag Welcomes New Partner – Thank you Prairie Soil Solutions!
Although I had expected the announcement of our new partnership, I had no idea that Parker from Prairie Soil was going to initiate a 50/50 with proceeds also going back to Do More Ag, nor did I expect a group of that size to raise what they did, and no doubt I had to hold back tears when the winner of the 50/50 donated his portion back to the foundation as well.Read More
My interest in mental health stems from witnessing family, friends, and neighbours struggle with mental health problems. Some were fortunate to find help and get healthy, but others never wanted to acknowledge or talk about their problems. Seeing how some were/are so concerns about negative perceptions around mental health is the main reason to get involved.Read More
My personal experiences have motivated me to be involved in this field because I know not every person is lucky enough to have the support system I have. Even with that support system, it took me a long time to accept that I needed help and that it was ok not to figure everything out on my own.Read More
That said, in stressful times is when we’re more likely to ignore our own needs. We may forget or choose not to engage in activities or use resources that would benefit our overall health. Taking time to recharge is essential to maintaining not just good physical health, but also good mental health and wellbeing. And, the ability and willingness to being open about our own mental health with friends or family creates an opportunity for them to help you, rather than trying to deal with it alone.Read More
One of the keys to resilience is realizing that everything is always changing, especially us! Challenge offers us the chance to recalculate our trajectory for growth. Resilience encourages us to pursue that growth. As we develop our resiliency, we are able to move past challenges with more strength.
Here are 5 ways that you can help develop resilience in yourself, in your family, on your farm, and in your workplace.Read More
I first got exposed to agriculture as the co-founder of Farm At Hand. It's there that I really got to know producers, their challenges and the sacrifices they make year in and year out to grow food. The toll on mental health that farming takes was often overlooked or swept under the rug. While at Farm At Hand we wanted to bring some awareness to do that via a t-shirt campaign where we donated all proceed to the Farm Stress Line.Read More
How do we start? How do we bring the light to someone who is in the dark?Read More
I am a 3rd generation farmer. I farm in northern Saskatchewan just west of Glaslyn. I’m involved in AG policy and currently sit as a director on the board of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.Read More
In 2017 I was contacted by someone who had just lost a farming client to suicide and that sparked the creation of The Do More Agriculture Foundation, we just didn't know it then. The reaction from the industry in 2017 to the conversation around mental health was much different than 2015 - the industry was finally ready to talk and do something to support its producers.Read More
I am really excited for all the opportunity that awaits this foundation, and all the individuals that it touches and serves. We have really just scratched the surface on this initiative and I am touched every day hearing more and more farmers, ranchers and producers make mental health part of their daily conversations. I look forward to meeting more and more of this great community, so together we can unite in talking more, asking more, and listening more.Read More
The conversation around mental health is growing. Our industry has made great strides over the last couple of years when it comes to mental health. Conversations are happening at ag events and trade shows, at company boardroom tables, at the dinner table, and on social media. Talking about mental health is the start. This breaks the silence that so many are suffering in and helps to reduce the barriers and stigma that are attached to mental health and mental illness.Read More
I didn't know much about mental health or mental illness until I experienced a mental illness firsthand and after talking to others and reading, I found out that there is a lot of misunderstandings, misconceptions, and stigma about mental health, which creates that silence. I want to change how we view mental health as a weakness. I now view mental health just as important as my physical health.Read More
“Together we can make a difference. Together we can keep each other safe. “Read More
I am honoured to be a part of a group that is helping the industry and our society in such a meaningful way. It is amazing the difference that has been made already and we are just getting rolling!Read More