Responding to Farmers Under Stress, Tips for Front Line Professionals Supporting the Farming Community.

This half-day workshop is designed for front line staff and partners in the Ag. Industry who work closely with our producers. It will look at the current influences and challenges facing farmers and the impact that this may have on their mental health and well being. It will give participants the skills to both recognize and respond to farmers who may be showing signs of distress and in need of support.

The issue of suicide in the farming community will also be addressed, while providing some basic tools to help connect farmers to the appropriate resources. Participants will also develop strategies for managing their own well being while supporting the important work of producers.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the workshop.

Workshop Facilitator

Kim Hyndman-Moffat has worked as a phone line crisis counsellor for the Manitoba Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services for the last 18 years. With a background in Psychiatric Nursing, she has been working in the field of mental health for the last 25 years. She was raised on a small family farm north of Brandon, Manitoba. Upon marrying a farmer, they happily operated a mixed farm with grain, cattle, chickens, turkeys while raising 3 children. Life on the farm was both beautiful and full of ongoing challenges. With the onset of BSE and mounting financial pressures, Kim and her partner made the difficult and painful decision to leave farming in 2006. Through this experience she learned a great deal about herself, the industry and what farm families need to feel supported in their times of struggle. Today her partner enjoys a challenging career as a Paramedic and she continues to counsel farmers and their families through her work at the Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services.