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Mental Health First Aid in Agriculture – Free training & certificate!

March 25 @ 9:00 am - March 26 @ 4:30 pm

Mental Health First Aid for Agriculture

With the support of The Do More Ag Foundation and Farm Credit Canada, Canadian Organic Growers is hosting a two-day first aid training in mental health for agriculture in Eastern Ontario.

Space is limited. Sign-up early!


Agriculture is an industry with a foundation of deep rural roots, hard work, resilience, strength, and community. To uphold that image, those traits can also be the industry’s weakness as they become barriers for speaking up and seeking help. About 40% of Canadian farmers say they would be uneasy seeking help for mental illness because of what others may think, according to research from the University of Guelph.

Producers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health issues. Stress, anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion, and burnout are all high among producers. While experts say the rate of mental illness exceeds those in other professions, mental health services for farmers are few and far between and do not come close to meeting the demand.

In response to the farmer mental health crisis, The Do More Foundation has partnered with Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFAC) to give farmers the skills to support someone developing or dealing with a mental health concern or crisis, and how to provide initial help and guide the person to appropriate professional resources.

Course Details

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an interactive workshop that teaches participants to recognize the signs that a person may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The course addresses four of the most common and most stigmatized mental health disorders and includes signs/symptoms, risk factors, and crisis first aid for specific situations, including Substance-Related Disorders, Mood-Related Disorders, Anxiety, and Trauma-related Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders.

MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counselors. Rather, it provides the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that allow someone to offer effective first aid intervention.

The training is open to the public, but space is limited. We would like to give preference to farmers and practitioners in Eastern Ontario, directly affected by mental health challenges in their communities. Participants will receive a first-aid certificate issued by MHFAC upon completion of both training days.

Please note that the course will be given in English.


The Do More Ag Foundation:

Do More Ag is a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers and to change the culture of agriculture to one where all producers are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing. www.domore.ag

Canadian Organic Growers:

Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is Canada’s national organic farmer and consumer association and is a registered educational charity. COG offers training and resources to raise awareness about organics and assist farmers and gardeners in adopting sustainable and commercially viable, organic production methods. We are engaged in policy work and industry development at the local, regional and national level and offer a voice for organic farmers and consumers to governments on matters related to food and farming. www.cog.ca

The space for the training has been generously provided by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact eric.payseur@cog.ca.


March 25 @ 9:00 am
March 26 @ 4:30 pm
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