Farmer and Rancher Mental Health (FARMh) Initiative
The Farmer and Rancher Mental Health (FARMh) initiative is a new patient-oriented research project funded by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. In this study, key features of a farm-culture friendly mental health support system for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers will be identified.
The goals of phase one of the study are to identify the key features needed for a mental health support system for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers. This information will be used to develop a farm-culture friendly mental health program in phase two of the FARMh initiative.
Phase one of the study is currently underway and will run until Fall 2021. This phase of the study will identify key features of a farm-culture friendly mental health support system for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers and inform the next steps in planning a mental health program, resource or intervention that will be designed by Saskatchewan ranchers and farmers.
Phase two of the study, to develop a program, resource system, or intervention that will provide a farm-culture friendly mental health support system for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers, will commence early 2022. Results will be available to view by the public on the FARMh website.
FARMh is looking for Saskatchewan farmer and rancher volunteers to take part in the initiative. Interested participants will be asked to participate in a 30-60 minute phone interview to discuss mental health and ideas about effective mental health supports that are tailored towards farmers and ranchers.
To participate in the study, farmers and/or ranchers must own or lease their farm or ranch and be working on their farm or ranch. Participants must be over 18 and live in Saskatchewan.
This project has been approved by the University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board (REB # 2174).
View downloadable poster (PDF)
Our researcher team is made up of farmers/ranchers, nurses, nurse practitioners, an online therapy business owner, a social worker, a psychotherapist, a rural massage therapist/acupuncturist, a rural physician and executive leader, a rural suicide interventionist, a biostatistician, and undergraduate student research assistants. Everyone on the team has a rural or farming background.
Seen in the news
For more information about this study or to volunteer please contact:
Michelle Pavloff RN, PhD(c)
Research Chair, Rural Health
For Mental Health Support in Saskatchewan:
Call or text 211 (211 Saskatchewan)
Farm Stress Line
Mobile Crisis Helpline
Saskatchewan Problem Gambling Help Line
Crisis Suicide Helpline
Canadian Mental Health Outreach Clinic
Partners, sponsors and donors
Thank you to our project funders and supporters! Interested in supporting the FARMh initiative? Donate today!
- Sprout Grant (2020-2022) $180,000 (Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research)
- Mental Health & Addictions Program $3750 (Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research)