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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 to include information to access the support 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 ($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
- 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
- Without funding $145/person
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.
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Talk, Ask, Listen – Workshop Outline
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, we offer this training through a webinar or an in-person workshop (following Covid-19 guidelines).
Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.