A new program to support mental health issues in rural Saskatchewan is being launched this week.
The newly-formed Do More Agriculture Foundation is offering funding to set up a community mental health first aid certification course in farm communities.
Do More Agriculture Foundation Co-founder Kim Keller says the program has the potential to save lives and help affected families and the farming community.
She says mental health first aid teaches the signs of symptoms of those suffering from a mental health crisis and how to respond until the victim can be treated in hospital or receive other help.
She says each application in a rural community needs a local contact.
A farm mental health survey by the University of Guelph found 35 percent of farmers were depressed, 45 percent had high stress and 58 percent suffered anxiety.