Webinar event date: 
Sep 28, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
Webinar Presenters: 

Lauren Van Ewyk is an engaging speaker, registered social worker, foster mom and agricultural mental health advocate. She has appeared in numerous radio, television and print articles concerning the issues of adoption, foster care, mental wellness and mental health in the agriculture sector. She and her husband raise sheep in southwestern Ontario, and have developed a niche wool business that won a 2009 Regional Premiers Award of Excellence in Agri-food Innovation. Lauren works with businesses, individuals and families all across Canada to find hope and healing.


By the end of this webinar, learners will be able to:

  1. Summarize the current state of mental health in the agriculture community
  2. Identify critical barriers to accessing mental health services and how best the therapeutic community can meet the expressed needs.
  3. Describe specific tools to develop a therapeutic relationship with farmers.
  4. Identify helping coping strategies for the agriculture population.

Farmers experience significant distress as they are navigating an everchanging world that requires increased resiliency. Yet, they are less likely to participate in help-seeking behaviours and are at an increased risk to complete suicide (Sturgeon & Morrisette, 2010). In this webinar, The National Farmer Mental Health Alliance introduces the work of agriculture, the barriers for farmers and their families to accessing mental healthcare, and how to work toward building a therapeutic relationship. Using case study example, clinicians are provided an opportunity to broaden their skills, and learn practical tips to reach the identified goals.