A 150 thousand dollar initiative to help rural youth facing mental health challenges has been announced at Agribition in Regina.
The funds come from four corporate donors and will be provided to 4-H Canada to administer a two-year mental health support program for young people.
4-H Canada CEO Shannon Benner says young people in rural communities are at greater risk of struggles related to mental health and physical well-being and lack the resources of urban areas.
Farm Credit Canada is one of the sponsors and president Michael Hoffort says it is important to raise the issue of mental health.
Other sponsors of the 150 thousand dollar program include UFA, Corteva Agriscience and Cargill.
There are 25 thousand young people involved in 4-H in Canada.