Over half of Canada’s farmers report they suffer from anxiety—that’s almost 10 times higher than Canada’s labour market. Twenty-five percent of farmers reported experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.

Our goal is to create a network of therapists, each trained to recognize the unique issues facing the agricultural industry, to develop effective mental health strategies that meet the specific needs of farmers and veterinarians.

Established cultural competency is imperative in ensuring farmers and their families receive appropriate services when they are sought out. We’ve developed the Agriculture Informed Therapy (AIT) program to introduce the unique needs of farmers and veterinarians to therapists and students who may work with farmers/veterinarians in their practice. The course in intended to to teach therapists how to effectively build and maintain a therapeutic alliance.

In addition to helping farmers connect with psychotherapists that are culturally competent and experienced in agriculture, we also offer comprehensive Mental Health Strategy support options for organizations and Agriculture Informed Therapy (AIT) training for psychotherapists servicing rural areas.
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