Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program specializing in constructing consciousness –

The Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program has shifted its focus from fundraising to constructing consciousness.

This system employs councillors in Steinbach, Winkler, Brandon, and Strathclair. Appointments can be found in-person, by phone or nearly.

CAO Gerry Friesen says the companies they provide are particularly tailor-made to farmers.

“This program supplies for six free counselling classes for people. That offers them just a little bit extra, and I converse from private expertise right here. Once I was farming and went by way of a big down interval, being recognized with nervousness and despair. Sure, stress strains are good. We now have plenty of professionals on the market, however the different piece that we discovered was lacking, is that many of those professionals aren’t that acquainted with agriculture and the way distinctive agriculture is and it takes an understanding to have the ability to present that assist with an understanding of what the purchasers are going by way of.”

Friesen believes the stigma surrounding psychological well being is beginning to fade.

“There may be extra consciousness that individuals are extra open to speak about it. I do know that after I first began speaking about my very own journey in 2010, there was plenty of hesitation on folks’s elements to truly have interaction in that dialog. Via organizations reminiscent of Do Extra Ag, Farm Credit score Canada has had a giant give attention to psychological well being, and others, that consciousness is rising and I’ve definitely seen a change within the pattern after I converse to teams of individuals. Persons are prepared to begin speaking about it even publicly.”

For extra data go to or name 204-232-0574.


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