Province encourages farmers to use mental health supports

Drought conditions have added a new level to farm stress this year

Farmers are encouraged to reach out for mental health support as drought conditions wear on.

“Mental health is something we can never take serious enough. We want to make sure we have those support services for any help that they might need,” provincial Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler told the Co-operator.

Intense stress caused by drought conditions has been hard on marriages and families, Eichler added.

In an Aug. 5 news release, the province reminded producers of free support services available:

  • Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services is a free, call-in service that provides telephone counselling geared specifically to farmers and those living in rural communities: phone 1-866-367-3276 or visit supportline.ca.
  • Klinic Crisis Line: phone 204-786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019.
  • Manitoba Addictions Helpline: 1-855-662-6605.

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Geralyn Wichers

Geralyn Wichers grew up on a hobby farm near Anola, Manitoba, where her family raised cattle, pigs and chickens. Geralyn graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 2019 and was previously a reporter for The Carillon in Steinbach. Geralyn is also a published author of science fiction and fantasy novels.

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