Unanticipated events can be extremely upsetting and stressful. People react in different ways to trauma and can experience a wide range of physical and emotional changes that can affect mental health and well-being. It is important to monitor your health and to access the appropriate resources as required.

Know the signs

One in five adult Canadians will experience a mental disorder in their lives.
Family, friends, neighbours or co-workers may be suffering emotionally.
They may not recognize the symptoms.

Know when to ask for help


  • Shock, denial, or disbelief
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Feeling disconnected or numb


  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Fatigue
  • Being startled easily
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Edginess and agitation
  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Loss of appetite

Mental health in agriculture
advocacy & resources

If you or anyone you know is exhibiting the symptoms above, the first thing to do is ask for help.

Nationwide Emergency: 911
Crisis Service Canada: Call 1-833-456-4566; text 45645; visit www.crisisservicescanada.ca and cmha.ca
Mental Health Line: 211; visit 211.ca
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support: ca.portal.gs
Alberta Alberta Health Services: Call 1-877-303-2642; visit mymentalhealth.ca
BC The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre): call 1-800-784-2433 or 310-6789; visit www.crisiscentre.bc.ca
Saskatchewan Farm Stress Line: Call 1-800-667-4442; visit www.mobilecrisis.ca/farm-stress-line-rural-sask
Mobile Crisis Services: Call 1-306-757-0127
Ontario The Ontario Government: Call 1-866-531-2600; visit www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca
Manitoba Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services: Call 1-866-367-3276 or 1-204-571-4180; visit https://supportline.ca/
Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line: Call 1-877-435-7170 ; visit www.reasontolive.ca
Quebec Programme d’aide psychologique aux agriculteurs de l’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) : 1-888-687-9197; visit www.upa.qc.ca
Centres de prévention du suicide : 1 866-APPELLE (1 866 277-3553); www.aqps.info/besoin-aide-urgente/liste-centres-prevention-suicide.html
Au cœur des familles agricoles : 1 450 768-6995; www.acfareseaux.qc.ca
New Brunswick Chimo Helpline: Call 1-800-667-5005
Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Telephone Line: Call 1-888-429-8167 / 1-902-429-8167
Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA): https://nsfa-fane.ca/members/farmer-resources/
Prairie Mountain Inter-Agency Hoarding Coalition (PMIHC): Protocol & Resource Guide
Newfoundland and Labrador Mental Health Crisis Line: Call 1-888-737-4668 / 1-709-737-4668
PEI The Island Helpline: Call 1-800-218-2885
Farm Assistance Program: Call 1-800-736-8006; visit peifa.ca/farmer-assistance-program-2/
Northwest Territories Northwest Territories Helpline: Call 1-867-767-9061
Yukon Yukon Distress and Support Line: Call 1-844-533-3030
Nunavut Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line: Call 1-800-265-3333