Ontario's Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Minister is encouraging farmers to seek help for mental health issues.
Ernie Hardeman and University of Guelph researcher Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton launched a public service video encouraging the province's rural community to address the stigma that still surrounds mental health.
Hardeman calls farmers "some of the toughest people out there," citing the sometimes difficult nature of seeking help for mental health issues.
The announcement by Hardeman and Jones-Bitton is part of the government’s commitment to invest $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs website now has a link to resources for farmers to seek mental health services, in various regions of Ontario.