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Mental Health Support for Farmers & Ranchers

Farm life can be demanding, with unpredictable challenges that affect the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the family. Farmers and families now have improved access to mental health services and resources thanks to additional support for the AgKnow Alberta Farm Mental Health Network

The Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta is receiving $388,500 through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is intended to help Alberta build a stronger and more resilient agriculture sector for generations to come.

The funding will build on the already amazing work done by AgKnow in raising awareness and supporting mental health. This includes developing more evidence-based mental health programs, tools, and resources for individuals, as well as educational resources for therapists, healthcare providers, and community service organizations. 

Since AgKnow was established in 2022, 12 agriculturally-informed therapists have provided mental health support to 39 farm families. In 2023, they hosted more than 24 workshops and webinars, targeted at either farmers or therapists, reaching more than 1,500 people. 

The Government of Alberta is supporting this project to ensure producers and agri-food workers have access to the tools and services they need to take care of their mental health and build resiliency. 

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