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For the last 8 years, we have been developing groundbreaking research in Canadian agriculture and now we’re sharing it with you so you can join us in our mission to better farm mental health.


Coping Strategies Used by Farmers in Canada

Research investigating effective ways of coping with everyday stress within the time and workload constraints of farming is scarce. This mixed-methods study explores the ways farmers in Ontario and Canada cope with daily farming stressors.

Farming Stressors in Canada

This study provides a comprehensive exploration of farming stressors in Canada with the aim to inform avenues to reduce stress and/or boost the well-being of farmers.


“The Canadian Centre for Agricultural Wellness addresses the national infrastructure gap in providing mental heath research and evidence-based programming to Canadian agriculture, both preventatively and in times of crisis.”

- Dr. Briana Hagen

Mental Health of Farmers in Canada during COVID-19

The mental health impacts of COVID-19 on farmers in Canada remain unexplored. Our objective was to investigate mental health outcomes among farmers in Canada by gender and within the context of COVID-19.

Farmers Aren’t into the Emotions and Things, Right?

Insights around how farming culture and the accessibility and delivery of services may influence help-seeking for mental health, and proposes strategies to break down barriers to help-seeking in this population.

What Impacts Perceived Stress among Canadian Farmers?

Globally, farmers report high levels of occupational stress. The purpose of this study was to identify and explore factors associated with perceived stress among Canadian farmers.

Stress, anxiety, depression, and resilience in Canadian farmers

These results highlight a significant public health concern amongst farmers, and illustrate a critical need for research and interventions related to farmer mental health.

Review of depression among farmers worldwide

Previous examinations of depression across farming populations have determined that depression among these groups may be elevated compared to other occupations and the general population.

Tailored mental health literacy impact

What is the impact of In the Know mental health literacy training for Canadian agriculture? Farmer’s felt more confidence in recognizing mental health struggles, speaking to others, and helping others who are struggling.

Research trends in farm mental health

Farmer mental health can have impacts on individual health, family life, farm productivity, and animal health and welfare. Ensuring the mental health of farmers may be essential for global health.


While farmers in several countries worldwide are reported to be at higher risk for chronic stress, depression, and anxiety, there is a paucity of research on burnout in farmers.


Farmers experience significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms compared to the general population. This can be seen as a product of the unique stressors that they experience.

our team

Briana Hagen

Dr. Briana Hagen

CEO | Lead Scientist

andria jones-bitton

Andria Jones

Research & Engagement Consultant

Deb VanBerkel

Deborah vanberkel

chief programming officer

Marnie Wood

Marnie Wood

Chief Operating Officer


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We’re working with farmers, for farmers. We’re continuously developing cutting-edge research to explore the farm mental health landscape in Canada. We’re only scratching the surface with our research, so subscribe to be notified when new research is available.