Low risk for developing a mental health issue or addiction; Maintaining current mental health.
You feel things are going well, and you want to keep it that way. Or perhaps you’re managing ok overall, but you know that you could do more to take time to yourself, clear your head, or manage stressful situations more pro-actively.
If this describes you, a family member, a valued worker on the farm or someone in the farming community, here are some resources to help maintain current state of mental health and wellness.
We have a number of physical items to support mental health available at Farm Safety Nova Scotia. You can request your mental health kit to include a stress ball tractor, ear plugs, notebooks and breathing cards by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Family Support Center
Reach out. Get Help. Feel Better.
The Farm Family Support Center is managed as a Member Assistance Program by Morneau Shepell. Farmers and their families have access to up to 3 hours of service at no cost. Services supported by Farm Safety Nova Scotia.
Call for confidential and immediate support 24/7/365.
Maintaining Mental Fitness Posts
These tips and supports were created to help farmers and their loved ones get through the COVID-19 pandemic, but the tips and suggestions can be employed during any difficult time.
8 Domains of Well-Being
CASA – Building Wellness on the Farm
Stress is a normal part of life. There are times when stress gives us motivation to accomplish our daily tasks. It provides the adrenaline we need to get jobs done. However, there are times when stress becomes overwhelming and it has a negative impact on our lives. Stress can become so debilitating that it becomes difficult to function. At times like this stress can lead to other mental and physical health issues. And when that happens, we jeopardize our personal safety and the safety of others.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Farming Mental Health
Farming is more than just work for many; it’s a way of life that is rewarding despite the tough physical work. But now it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the unique challenges faced daily by farmers – from the long hours to the isolation to the many uncertainties beyond their control – can also greatly impact their mental health and well-being.
This infographic outlines some of the many stressors and how they can affect farmers, and what can be done to help support them so they can be healthy and thrive, even in times of uncertainty or stress.
This infographic was developed in partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.
Canadian Center for Health & Safety in Agriculture Farming and Mental Health Stress Inventory Assessment
Use the Canadian Center for Health & Safety in Agriculture Farming and Mental Health Stress Inventory Assessment to evaluate your specific stressors and the levels of stress experienced to include finances, weather, heavy workload, farming relationships, etc.
Once you put your evaluation score into perspective, use the tools, resources and supports available to navigate a path through the stressors to improve your score. Set time aside throughout the year to use the Stress Inventory Assessment to monitor your mental health status and understand the different areas of your mental health that may need attention at any given time or season.
CAMH – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Mental Health Resources
Mental health resources on when to ask for help, coping with stress, and being alone in Canada are available upon request by contacting, Lori Brookhouse, e-mail email@example.com or phone 902-957-2785.
CAMH – centre de toxicomania et de sante mentale
RECURSOS DE SALUD Y BIENESTAR MENTAL
Los recursos de salud mental en español sobre cuándo pedir ayuda, lidiar con el estrés y estar solo en Canadá están disponibles a pedido, comunicándose con Lori Brookhouse, correo electrónico firstname.lastname@example.org o teléfono 902-957-2785
Emergency Response Model for Mental Health During Agricultural Crisis
Emergency Response Model for Mental Health During Agricultural Crisis is a guidance document with evidence based recommendations for farmers to protect their mental health during an agricultural crisis such as a weather event or a disease outbreak on farm. The recommendations are based off of Kelloway’s model for workplace mental health and broken into three categories of prevention, intervention and recovery.
Mobile Apps to Support Mental Health and Wellness
There are a number of apps available that can help you maintain and care for your mental health and wellness. The following applications all offer free resources, as well as additional supports available at cost. Please note that these mobile apps are not affiliated with Farm Safety Nova Scotia and the use of these external services does not replace the advice, guidance and support provided by health providers. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.
- Avail – well-being, resilience, and support assistant. Leverage your psychological, physical, and social resources to proactively maintain and recover personal well-being & resilience. Click to download
- Calm – mental fitness, relaxation, & Sleep Click to download
- Pay it Forward Click to download
- Doodle App
- Hugr Authentic Connections – a mental wellness app designed to help people feel connected. Through the self-guided digital program, individuals can measure their level of social connection, discover how to build and maintain authentic connections, and regularly share how they’re feeling with those closest to them. Click to download
Maintaining Mental Fitness Webinars
Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture applied for, and was grateful to receive, funding from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) COVID-19 Response Funding. This funding has allowed us to develop and offer a number of mental health workshops and webinars.
Maintaining Mental Fitness 101: Foundational Elements to Building a Mental Fitness Plan – E-mail email@example.com for a copy of the recording.
Have you ever thought about your mental fitness? Similar to your physical fitness which is impacted by a number of factors including, how well you eat, sleep and exercise. Your mental fitness is significantly impacted by your habits and routines and without intentional focus specifically in times of uncertainty you can begin to experience adverse effects.
In this presentation Dr. Howatt will discuss the foundational elements of mental health and mental illness, and how our daily experience can influence our personal battery charge. This presentation will also cover the key elements of resilience, coping skills and how micro-skills can charge your daily battery.
In this presentation participants will learn about assessing and building positive mental fitness. This will include:
- Discuss the differences between mental health and mental illness
- Identifying what your “charge” is at today
- Reflection on what charges and drains mental fitness batteries
- Considerations when developing your own mental fitness plan
Coping with Isolation & loneliness – E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the recording.
Nothing like a pandemic to challenge a society ability to feel socially connected. For many coping with isolation and social distancing can be trying as it is just something many of us have not had to do. It makes sense it is hard because a core pillar for mental health is social connections. Social connections are influenced by our ability to connect with others as well the quality of these connections at home, work and community.
Isolation can be defined as barrier that has a negative impact on our ability perceive we can be as social connected with others as we want. There are many different potential kinds of barriers that can negatively impact how a person connects from financial, social isolation, psychological safety is but a few. In this webinar Dr. Howatt will introduce some of his finding from research around perceived isolation barriers.
In this presentation participants will learn about the key elements to coping with Isolation and Loneliness. This will include:
- Discuss the link between mental health and social connections
- Explore what perceived isolation is
- Review the link between isolation and loneliness
- Define what loneliness looks like
Navigating Crisis – E-mail email@example.com for a copy of the recording.
In the life and on the farm, we can be challenged by crisis we may or may not saw. As we are thinking about COVID -19, a hurricane or a drought, we don’t know what the next crisis may bring us. Regardless, if you are a farmer or a worker having a basic understanding crisis intervention can help facilitate effective decision making. Howatt HR has taught crisis management for over ten years and has been involved in supporting crisis for over 30 years. He will provide some insight on basic crisis intervention to assist in navigating crisis.
In this presentation participants will learn about how to navigate crisis in your life. This will include:
- Explore what is crisis management and its benefits
- Review the crisis continuum
- Introduce CALM and its application to crisis intervention
- Examine a six-step model for crisis intervention
Online Psychological First Aid
- Self-Care $25/person
- developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief, with emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Learners will be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model and will learn how to cope with the effects of various types of stress (Taken from Red Cross Website)
- Caring for Others $25/person
- developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief on others, with emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Learners will be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model and will learn how to support others to cope with the effects of various types of stress (Taken from Red Cross Website)
Mental Health and Wellness In the Workplace ($116.25/person)
This course is a one-day peer support-based course designed to address and promote mental health wellness and reduce stigma in the workplace. Individuals will gain skills, comfort, and knowledge to better identify and guide a colleague towards a resilient outcome.
After completing the course, participants will have:
- More mental health and wellness knowledge, including stigma awareness.
- Knowledge of the psychological and social risk factors that may create barriers to workplace culture
- An understanding of stress and burnout and the effects of trauma and suicidality.
- Effective tools and approaches that reduce stigma and help support and improve employee resilience
Mental Health First Aid ($150/person)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend, or a colleague.
Participants will learn to:
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
- Provide initial help
- Guide a person towards appropriate professional help
In the Know (At No Cost)
A 5-hour mental health literacy workshop designed for farmers, producers, stakeholders, and those in the farming community with time restraints due to day-to-day farming schedules and responsibilities. The workshop was developed in collaboration with stakeholder groups, including various agricultural sectors, mental health literacy trainers, government and representatives from social work, psychology, epidemiology, and education.
Farm Safety Nova Scotia has local trained facilitators to deliver this in-person and virtual four- hour workshop who relate to the challenges that the farming community experiences in Nova Scotia.
- To provide an overview of stress, anxiety, depression, acute trauma, substance use and suicide
- To identify signs and symptoms of mental distress
- To provide information on how to have a safe conversation about mental health with someone who may be struggling
- To provide an overview of ways to support for mental health
Centre for Suicide Prevention
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop available through the Center for Suicide Prevention that focuses on suicide first aid. Participants will learn to recognize when someone may being having thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan to support their immediate safety.