Mental Health Literacy Training for Farmers

KAP is offering ‘In the Know’, a free virtual mental health literacy course, with dates available throughout January, February, and March 2021.

'In the Know’ is designed to help you learn about mental health and illness, promoting wellbeing in your life, how to recognize when someone is struggling, and how to respond. The course has been developed specifically for farmers and evaluated by researchers at the University of Guelph.

During the course you will be asked interactive questions and participate in group discussions.

Please see the dates and times below to register for a session that suits your schedule:

Note: *Each session is identical

              *Each session is in Central Time

**Each session will require a minimum of 5 participants. You will be notified the day before if re-scheduling is needed. **

Purpose: 
  • Educate farmers and people who work with farmers (e.g. veterinarians, agricultural industry representatives) about common mental health conditions and signs of mental distress; 

  • Raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health among the agricultural community; 

  • Increase participants’ confidence in opening a conversation about mental health; 

  • Connect people who may be struggling with appropriate mental health supports. 

  • The workshops are designed and delivered for personal educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and it is not meant to be a medical, counseling, or psychological therapy program. 

Content: 
  • Statistics on Canadian farmer mental health 

  • “Mental wellness” vs. “Mental illness” 

  • Stress: good stress and bad stress, and the impact of stress on the body, mood, and behaviour 

  • Anxiety: the experience of anxiety; signs and symptoms 

  • Depression: the experience of depression; signs and symptoms

  • Trauma: acute trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder 

  • Substance abuse / addiction 

  • Suicide 

  • Importance of listening and empathy 

Learning Objectives : 

At the end of the training program, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe stress, anxiety, depression, acute trauma, suicide, and substance abuse; 

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental distress; 

  • Describe approaches for engaging in safe conversations about mental health with     someone who may be struggling; 

  • Identify appropriate people and/or organizations that can provide help / support / resources for someone who may be struggling. 

Training provided by:

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