From a news release
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is proud to announce the first annual Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health.
This award recognizes an individual, organization or group of individuals that have made outstanding contributions in raising awareness, addressing stigma, and supporting agricultural mental health in their community.
Created in partnership with the Do More Agriculture Foundation, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, Farm Management Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, this annual award includes a $2,000 donation to any mental health initiative of the recipient’s choice, along with an invitation to attend the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s (CFA) Annual General Meeting in February with all expenses paid.
“Mental health in agriculture is a topic that has, for too long, received inadequate attention. We believe this award is a crucial step in building awareness and getting the conversation started on dealing with and recognizing these problems that are often hidden underneath the surface,” says Ron Bonnett, President of CFA.
“Farmers are often isolated, pressed for time and lack access to resources to help with mental help. Their livelihoods are often affected by factors completely out of their control such as unexpected weather and international trade disputes. Recent research has shown that farmers are reporting high levels of stress and anxiety. CFA is happy to support any initiative that works to support producers’ mental health,”
For more details on the program, including details on the nomination process and who is eligible for the program, visit the CFA website.