Sask government launches competition to help farmers cope with stress


The Saskatchewan government has launched a high tech competition to help farmers cope with stress.

The CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan, Kari Harvey, says her agency is offering $10,000 to technological entrepreneurs to develop a way for farmers and agricultural workers to monitor their mental health.

Solutions may take many forms, including a mobile phone app, website program or offline sensor linking to the internet.

Winners will receive 10 thousand dollars in funding and a 16-week collaboration with government to develop their concept.

A recent farm survey found over one half have anxiety and one third met the classification for depression, much higher than most Canadians.

The deadline for the program submissions is April 30th.


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