Statement from Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau,Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food – Bell Let’s Talk Day

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

In recent months, many people around us have experienced psychological distress. In this time of crisis, we need to support each other more than ever before, while remembering to take care of ourselves first.

As Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, I can tell you that for workers in the sector, there has been no shortage of sources of stress this year. Farming is seven days a week. Farmers are often isolated and they are used to taking a lot on their shoulders.

We always think everything is fine and we can get by on our own, but sometimes talking about it can really make all the difference. A hard blow can happen to anyone-man or woman, young or old-and no one should hesitate to seek help when he or she needs it.

So I would like to take advantage of Bell Let’s Talk Day to invite you to talk about mental health. Mental health is NOT a taboo topic.

Contact a friend, neighbor or distant relative to talk about life. Use social media to break the stigma. Every action counts!

Talk about mental health at work too. Mental health is often discussed at conferences of professional associations in the agricultural sector.

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