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Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers

The Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers aims to provide free education and guidance on simple but effective techniques for managing farm related stress and depression and/or anxiety. The Course helps Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers with thoughts, behaviours, and physical symptoms of depression and anxiety. 


How is the Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers different from the Wellbeing Course?

Both courses include techniques for managing anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers includes an additional resource that addresses the impacts of farm related stress on mental health. It also provides agriculture specific examples of how to incorporate the coping strategies into daily farm / ranch life. The Agricultural Mental Health Resource was developed with the help of an active farmer.

Why was this Course developed?

Many Canadian agriculture producers report high rates of stress, depression, and anxiety. They rarely seek treatment but do have access to the Internet. The course was designed in response to the widespread need for access to mental health treatment. Because depression and anxiety commonly occur among those with neurological conditions, information is provided on both conditions.

What is involved in the Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers?

The Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers is made up of 5 easy to understand lessons and typically takes 8 weeks to complete. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online and are based on cognitive behavioural therapy. Clients are encouraged to work on various activities during the week, which can take additional time. Throughout the course, clients will receive support and guidance in the form of emails from their designated online therapist.

What support is available from therapists?

The Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers is therapist-assisted. This means that during the week, clients can send questions or comments to their designated therapist through a secure message system. On a set day each week, the therapist checks the website, reviews client progress on the course and responds to messages. Most contact with the therapist is through secure emails, but sometimes therapists contact clients by phone.

Who provides therapist assistance?

In this course, clients are assigned to a therapist working directly in the Online Therapy Unit who are trained in psychology or social work.

What research is being done on this course?

This project is being completed as part of a Master’s research study conducted by Cynthia Beck, under the supervision of Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Professor of Psychology with the aim to improve online therapy and service provision to the agriculture population.

How will my progress be monitored?

All clients will complete brief questionnaires before they begin, on a weekly basis throughout the course, and then again 3 months after treatment ends. These questionnaires help us assess how you are doing. These questionnaires do not take very long but provide us with important information on your progress and the outcomes of Online Therapy.

Who can take part in the course?

The course is designed for Saskatchewan agriculture producers who are 18 years of age or older, are comfortable using and have access to the Internet, and have a local medical contact available in case of emergencies. The course is not recommended if you have severe problems with alcohol or drugs, mania, psychosis, or strong thoughts of suicide. If any of the above would indicate that Online Therapy is not suited to your needs, please refer to the resource page and speak with your family doctor about other service options. Please note this course is currently available to Saskatchewan residents who are involved in agriculture.

Who can answer my questions about the course?

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact the Online Therapy Unit at 306-337-3331 or email the Unit at online.therapy.user@uregina.ca.

How do I sign up?

The Wellbeing Course for Agriculture Producers is now accepting applications. Please click on the “Apply Now” link below to complete the online application.