Agriculture is an industry defined by resilience, strength, and community. But even the toughest and most rugged among us may be struggling with something that isn’t always as clearly defined – mental health.
The Do More Agriculture Foundation is championing the cause of mental health and well-being within the Canadian agricultural community. It has partnered with the Walk With Me movement, a global initiative taking place from October 10th to the 20th. This initiative aims to raise awareness about mental health, honour those affected by mental illness, and remember those we’ve lost in the agriculture community to suicide. It’s an opportunity for people within the ag community to come together, share stories and show solidarity with others around the world.
There are many ways to participate in the Walk With Me movement, including donating. The Do More Agriculture Foundation has teamed up with BASF, a leading provider of agricultural solutions, which has generously committed to match every donation made to the Walk With Me campaign up to $10,000. That means every contribution you make will have double the impact in supporting mental health initiatives in the ag sector.
To make a contribution, you can do so at this link.
There are other ways you can take part, including:
Go for a Walk: Walk and talk with a friend or call someone for a chat. Share your experience using #WalkWithMe and tag @domoreag.
Honour Others: Share stories to raise awareness and promote understanding of the challenges faced by those affected by mental health issues.
Share Your Story: Your experiences can inspire hope and create a sense of community.
The Do More Agriculture Foundation encourages everyone to become a champion for mental health in agriculture and to create a community where everyone is supported and empowered to take care of their mental well-being.
When it comes to mental health struggles, people working in agriculture are among the most vulnerable. Stress, anxiety, depression, mental & physical exhaustion, and burnout are commonplace throughout the industry.
By working together as a community, we can have a substantial and positive impact on those struggling with their mental health while helping to reduce the stigma around it.