Farming a 'risky, intense business' according to Canadian report

Jul 15, 2016

Survey shows that farmers bear the brunt of stress, anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion and burnout, with higher prevalence than many other industries.

Farming is a risky, intense business, and it’s no surprise farmers are dealing with stress, the president of Ontario’s agriculture federation told the Chatham Daily News.

Results from a recent University of Guelph survey found that Canadian farmers are dealing with high rates of anxiety, stress, burnout, emotional exhaustion and depression, placing them “among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health.”

Although the study was Canadian, the experiences reported by farmers – drought, flood, financial pressure and social isolation – are felt across the Australian rural community as well.

The study highlighted the need for a systematic approach to supporting farmers and preventing mental health conditions in rural and remote areas.  

Managing stress at work

Workplace stress is a major risk factor for anxiety and depression. Farmers, like a lot of business owners, have some degree of stress, and this is often beyond their control. However, there are some strategies everyone can adopt to manage and reduce their own stress levels, as well as finding a positive work-life balance.  

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