Tip •  2023-07-31

Your pre-harvest personal check-in

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When is the last time you asked yourself how you’re feeling? And answered honestly? It’s no secret farmers struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion and cynicism. In fact, a recent University of Guelph study found 76% of farmers were classified as experiencing moderate or high perceived stress. The reality is farming is tough, and burnout can happen to anyone.

Here’s a gentle reminder to check in with yourself ahead of the upcoming busy harvest season. If you’re struggling, have doubts or need a check in with a trusted friend, neighbour or mental health professional, help is only a phone call away. And if you’re feeling fine, don’t forget about others who could benefit from a check-in conversation too.

Here’s a list of resources available to support farmers and mental health.