More mental health support for agriculture community
An increase in funding will improve access to mental health support for farmers, their families and employees facing challenges.
The Farmer Assistance Program (FAP) provides confidential, professional counselling services to farmers who need it during difficult times. Funding for this program has increased to $32,000 for more access to services in collaboration with the Federation of Agriculture, Amalgamated Dairies Limited, Farm Credit Canada, PEI Dairy Trust Fund, National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Government of Prince Edward Island.
“This program has been very successful in helping many people in the agriculture community and I also hope that means there is less stigma around mental health,” said Minister of Agriculture and Land, Bloyce Thompson. “I know how important it is for government to work with industry partners to support Island farmers and their families during challenging times to make sure they get the help they need when they need it.”
The FAP service is free for PEI Federation of Agriculture and NFU Members and is accessible 24 hours a day.
“The PEI Federation of Agriculture has deemed this to be an issue of great importance and is proud to work with Government and others to expand this program in a meaningful way,” said PEI Federation of Agriculture President, David Mol. “We have Members who have voluntarily told us how impactful this program has been on their wellbeing and how critical it is that we keep it in place. Today is a good day for Island farmers.”
The FAP counsellors have experience in a wide variety of areas including stress and anxiety, trauma/critical incidents, alcohol and drug misuse, bereavement, couple and marital counselling, depression, family and parenting concerns.
For more information or to access the program visit, Farmer Assistance Program or call 902-626-9787.