Mental Health Workshop
January 28, 2020 - Quality Hotel
100 Trans-Canada Hwy, Gander, NL
No Charge to attend. Event starts at 10am (finishes by 3pm).
This workshop will cover mental health on the farm.
The development of this workshop began with a vision by Co-Founder Kim Keller, to provide education and experience to producers to equip them with the ability to Talk More, Ask More and Listen More. There are many workshops that focus on mental health training, however we felt there was a gap between general mental health education, and mental health education that was specific to the unique needs and experience of our Canadian Agriculture Producers.
Therefore, Do More Ag partnered with Bridges Health, to utilize their existing mental health content, specialize it to agriculture, and include a hands-on workshop component and experiential group learning.
Do More Ag is a not-for-profit organization focusing on mental health in Agriculture across Canada. Agriculture is an industry with a foundation of deep rural roots, hard work, get it done attitude, strength and community. In order to uphold that image, those traits can also be the industry’s weakness as they become barriers for speaking up and seeking help.
Producers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health challenges. Stress, anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion and burnout are all higher among farmers than among other groups. As well, Canadian farmers are more stressed than those living and working in the general population.
SPEAKER: Lesley Kelly
Lesley is the head and heart behind the blog 'High Heels & Canola Fields'. She grew up on her family’s grain farm at Watrous, Saskatchewan and after gaining an education in marketing and accounting, went on to work in various marketing and branding positions in the ag sector, such as Cargill, ATB Financial, Farm Credit Canada and is currently the Brand Manager at WorkHorse Hub.
Using her entrepreneurial spirit and the skills developed through her agribusiness career, she created a snack food business using the barley grown on her farm. In December 2015, she started her blog in hopes to dispel myths and bring consumers and farmers together.
In 2017, she expanded her reach by joining as a co-host on the Farmer and the City Girl podcast which explores various topics in food and farming through real life conversations. She isn’t afraid to tackle tough conversations within agriculture and through storytelling, photography and her love of agriculture and food, she’s attracted a loyal fan base across the world. Her and her husband are active on the family farm and live with their two boys in Regina.
Funding to host this workshop provided by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.