Farmers' mental health survey launched by University of Guelph researchers

Friday, January 29, 2016

A new online survey run by researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph is asking farmers to open up about their mental health. 

Andria Jones-Bitton, one of the researchers on the project, told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's The Morning Edition they're hoping to get a sense of how agricultural producers are dealing with depression and anxiety, because mental health is not something farmers are eager to talk about. 

"We know that mental health is stigmatized in much of our population," she said. "Fortunately, that is getting better. But, that might not be the case in some of our agricultural communities. It would appear that some people look upon depression and anxiety as problems associated with having a poor worth ethic," she added.



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