Start from the roots: Ag industry comes together to form mental health initiative

More than $150,000 in funding was awarded to 4-H Canada’s new two-year program aimed at helping rural youth focus on healthy living — both emotionally and physically.

Beginning in spring of next year, the program will roll out tools and resources to support kids facing mental health challenges. As communication is key, people will also learn how to give proper mental health peer support, and to recognize the signs of when someone needs to seek help. During the second year of the program, the main focus will be on physical health, nutrition, and well-being.

Dubbed the Healthy Living Initiative, its goal is to provide the 25,000 4-H youth across Canada with a better understanding of what it means to be healthy in a holistic way and to provide those various resources both in-person and through online webinars.

The multi-partner investment includes Farm Credit Canada, UFA Co-operative, Corteva, and Cargill.

Listen below as RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse speaks with Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO on the importance of this investment in today’s rural youth.


Jessika Guse

Jessika Guse is RealAgriculture's newest field editor and news lead for RealAg Radio. She's been a reporter since 2015 and has covered a variety of topics including one of her favourites, agriculture! Although she's never grown up on the farm, she loves helping out and learning as much as she can when she visits her families heritage farm near Ebenezer, Sask. You can find Jessika on Twitter at @JessikaGuse


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