The House of Commons agriculture committee has agreed to study rural mental health. | Getty image

MPs study mental health services for farmers

An advocate for better mental health support for farmers says the House of Commons agriculture committee’s decision to study the issue is a good step forward. Kim Keller, a Saskatchewan farmer who co-founded DoMoreAg, said she hopes the committee work will complement research that has already been done, such as that at Ontario’s University of […] Read more

The House of Commons agriculture committee has agreed to study rural mental health. | Getty image

Ag committee to study mental health

The House of Commons agriculture committee has agreed to study rural mental health. Committee members voted unanimously in favour of a motion put forward by Liberal MP Pierre Breton at their Monday meeting. The motion called on the committee to study mental health challenges faced by farmers, ranchers and producers. The committee will meet with […] Read more


Trewett Chaplin, a 28-year-old farmer near Craik, Sask., says he experiences social isolation and stress, particularly in years with drought or other unexpected conditions. He’s not alone, according to recent statistics.   |  William DeKay photo

An isolating illness: talking about mental health

When Trewett Chaplin is stressed, he puts his head down and focuses on one task that he has to get done that day on his ranch. At 28 years old, Chaplin takes care of 550 head of cattle and 230 head of bison on his ranch near Craik, Sask. He farms by himself and is […] Read more

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Feeling stressed? How to cope with the pressures of farming

There are numerous indicators showing that changes are happening in farm business management. Nothing too surprising about that. I experienced one recently when I had the opportunity to facilitate a peer group meeting. There were 12 people: some younger, others seasoned, representing eight farms. The change that I witnessed was the willingness of those at […] Read more


Why do rural men find it difficult to seek help for depression? | File photo

Suffering in silence

John Smith is a farmer in this fictional scenario. He prides himself on being the strong, silent type who provides for his family and minds his own business. But lately, John has been feeling blue. He is uncharacteristically anxious and lacks motivation to do his usual tasks. He yells at his wife and children over […] Read more