The Canadian Centre for Agricultural Wellbeing (CCAW), a new not-for-profit organization launched in late 2022, is on a mission to support farmers and their families with a research-to-action approach to mental health.
Today, CCAW has announced an agreement that names TELUS Health as the exclusive clinical and technology provider for services. CCAW is focused on providing support for Canadian farmers who are facing catastrophic events, as well for farmers who don’t have access to provincial and federal programming.
Dr. Briana Hagen, CEO and lead scientist with CCAW, says this is a much needed partnership.
“Collaborating with TELUS Health means that we have the infrastructure to provide clinical support and much needed technology for education and community programs to support the wellbeing of farmers and the agricultural community across Canada,” she says.
Hagen is part of the CCAW’s leadership team working with TELUS Health, and TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods, to connect all Canadian farmers and the greater agricultural community to farmer-centred mental health resources, support and information, primarily with a grassroots approach.
Michael Dingle, COO with TELUS Health, says as a company rooted in social purpose, they jumped at the opportunity to work with the CCAW to help develop a support program and service for famers — not only when a major crisis or natural disaster hits, but whenever they need access to counselling and care.
“TELUS Health’s expertise in health, agriculture, and digital infrastructure allows us to provide far reaching support to the hard working Canadian farmers and families who work to put food on our tables every day,” he says.