Sask Polytechnic survey on farmers mental health update

The first phase of a Saskatchewan Polytechnic project to set up a mental health support system for farmers is wrapping up this month.

Farming and ranching can be a high stress occupation.

Producers face challenges beyond their control like weather, pests, disease, costs and markets.

Over 100 people have participated since the project was launched in January, 2021.

For the past year, researchers have surveyed over 100 farmers and ranchers on effective mental health supports.

The survey will remain open til the end of January.

Phase two will propose interventions to try in 2022 and 2023.

The research team has partnered with the Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan to have rural registered massage therapists assess anxiety and depression with their farmer and rancher clients.

The research team has also partnered with Seniors Centres Without Walls Saskatchewan and Youth Matter Canada to offer mental wellness strategies.
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