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Ontario to fund three agriculture mental health research initiatives

By: RealAgriculture News Team

August 13, 2021

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The governments of Canada and Ontario are funding three new initiatives to support and promote mental health in Ontario’s farming and rural communities.

The initiatives are designed to improve the mental health services available to Ontario’s agricultural sector and help ensure farmers, their families and their employees have additional places to turn when help is needed, the government says.

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A total of $430,000 will go towards:

In spring 2021, the Ministers of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Mental Health and Addictions held a roundtable to discuss key challenges to farmers’ access to mental health services. Participants cited the main challenges faced by farmers and rural communities include lack of access to mental health services in their communities, the lack of understanding of agricultural literacy by mental health providers, ongoing stigma around mental health issues, significant costs for existing resources, and the need for more emphasis on prevention.

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