Higher levels of stress, well-being is affected.
All of us face circumstances where we are feeling more anxious, facing more stressful situations and are in need of a break. Often, the challenge is recognizing the signs that we are feeling overwhelmed and addressing it, before there is a more significant impact on our mental health. The resources we’ve outlined below are intended to help either you, or someone you care about, who is in need of a hand.
We have a number of physical items to support mental health available at Farm Safety Nova Scotia. You can request your mental health kit which includes a stress ball, ear plugs, tissue pack, nutrition sheets, an original poem and a breathing card by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Family Support Line
Reach out. Get Help. Feel Better.
The Farm Family Support Line is managed as an Employee Assistance Program by Telus Health. Farmers, their families and their employees have unlimited access to services at no cost. Services are supported by Farm Safety Nova Scotia.
Call for confidential and immediate support 24/7/365.
When to seek help
It can sometimes be challenging to recognize when you, or someone you care about, needs to seek outside help for their mental health. The below video, produced by the Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Centre outlines:
- The health statistics associated with mental health
- Factors contributing to farmer stress including finances, isolation and regulation
- The signs and symptoms of chronic stress which can lead to anxiety, depression and substance use
Rooted in Strength: Taking care of our families and ourselves
This booklet produced by Farm Credit Canada provides a number of tips and suggestions on how you can proactively support your mental health as well as employing useful tools when you find yourself struggling.
Or request a paper copy by emailing email@example.com
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.
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 e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 902-893-2293.
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 Margaret Ells, correo electrónico email@example.com o teléfono 902-903-2293
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 on Kelloway’s model for workplace mental health and broken into the three categories of prevention, intervention and recovery.
Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions
You’re not alone. We’re here to help. Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions offers a wide range of resources, supports and online tools for Nova Scotians.
CAST: Communities Addressing Suicide Together
CAST is a program under the scope of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division in which they are helping to build their capacity to address suicide by using the principles of community suicide prevention as a guide.
As part of the CAST program, a Nova Scotia’s Survivors of Suicide Loss Guide is available which includes information to access supports and resources available when dealing with a loss.
Download a copy of the Nova Scotia’s Survivors of Suicide Loss Guide.
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
Mental Health and Wellness In the Workplace ($124/person for NSFA members)
St John Ambulance designed this course as a one-day support-based course to recognize, address and promote mental health and 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. The course discusses workplace factors that can affect mental health with a focus on peer-to-peer interaction.
This course can be completed in-person or virtually. Often the virtual delivery is planned for two half days rather than one full day of online training.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 902-893-2293 to participate in or schedule a course.
Mental Health First Aid ( $168/person for NSFA members)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) was designed by the Mental Health Foundation of Canada and 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 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
Email email@example.com or phone 902-893-2293 to participate in or schedule a course.
In the Know (At No Cost)
A 4-hour mental health literacy workshop designed for farmers, their families and those who are involved in and/or support the agriculture sector. Topics covered include stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and how to start a conversation around mental well-being.
Farm Safety Nova Scotia has local trained facilitators to deliver this in-person or 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 mental health
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-893-2293 to arrange to attend this course
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 be having thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan to support their immediate safety.
Do More Ag Website
The Do More Ag Foundation champions mental health in agriculture.
Talk, Ask, Listen Workshop
Created by farmers for farmers, this half day workshop or webinar aims to inform, be accessible and break down barriers though talking, asking and listening.
The workshop provides information on topics such as:
- The signs and symptoms of mental illness, anxiety, depression, stress, and substance use, including the unique statistics and factors the agriculture industry experiences.
- What support looks like depending on your level of education, experience, and training.
- How to prepare and have conversations with someone who you identify may be experiencing a mental health challenge.
- How to support others and yourself and how to access resources.
- Self care and prevention strategies for mental wellness.
If your farm, organization or group would like to bring this training to your community or team please explore https://www.domore.ag/programs-workshops or contact email@example.com for more information.