of farmers meet the classifications for DEPRESSION
A Guardian is an individual, over the age of 18, who is likely to be in contact with farmers through their work, volunteer activities, or their place in their community and has successfully completed The Guardian Network training program.
Guardians are equipped with strategies and tools to identify when someone is struggling with their mental health or having thoughts of suicide; have constructive conversations about their struggles and open up the discussion around mental health; and connect individuals with appropriate mental health and crisis resources.
of farmers report HIGH STRESS
of farmers meet the classifications for ANXIETY
of farmers are more susceptible than the general population to CHRONIC STRESS, which can lead to PHYSICAL and MENTAL ILLNESS
What is a Guardian?
Primarily, a Guardian can be any individual within or connected to the agriculture community who wants to enhance their understanding of mental health and signs of suicide to support their personal and professional networks. Once a Guardian completes the Guardian Network training program, they have basic knowledge of suicide prevention principles and resources to support their community.
Who Can Be a Guardian?
Guardians are individuals in regular contact with farmers through their work, volunteer activities, or their place in their community. This may include individuals who interact directly with farm owners, operators, or workers, such as veterinarians, breeders, livestock dealers, seed or feed salespeople, financial advisors, accountants, milk truck drivers, field service representatives or other community members. It also includes farmers and farm workers themselves who are in regular contact with other members of the farming community.