'In the Know' Mental Health Course

AgSafe is offering ‘In the Know’, a free virtual mental health literacy course, with dates available throughout May and June 2021.

'In the Know’ is designed to help you:

  • Learn about mental health and illness.
  • Promoting wellbeing in your life.
  • How to recognize when someone is struggling, and how to respond.

The course has been developed specifically for farmers and evaluated by researchers at the University of Guelph.

Facilitator | Kim Moffat

Kim Moffat is a crisis counsellor with a background in Psychiatric Nursing. Kim was a counsellor at the Manitoba Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services as well as the Manitoba Suicide Prevention Support Line for 20 years. She also facilitated a Suicide Bereavement Support group for over 10 years providing care and comfort to those impacted by the loss of a suicide. She is currently working part time as a counsellor to the staff in her local school division. She is also delivering the University of Guelph mental health literacy program, In the Know since January of this year and has delivered  over 30 half day workshops to various provinces.

Kim grew up on a farm and raised cattle for many years with her partner Brent. They farmed in South Western Manitoba until BSE impacted their operation and made the decision to exit the farm life in 2007. Her daughter and her partner continue to farm near by raising chickens, cattle, and pigs. She has a passion for working with agricultural producers and hopes to continue supporting them as they deal with the many stresses impacting their health and well being.

To provide the most informative webinar possible, each session has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 participants and during the course you will be asked interactive questions and to participate in group discussions.


  • Educate farmers and people who work with farmers (e.g., veterinarians, agricultural industry representatives) about common mental health conditions and signs of mental distress.
  • Raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health among the agricultural community.
  • Increase participants’ confidence in opening a conversation about mental health.
  • Connect people who may be struggling with appropriate mental health supports.
  • The workshops are designed and delivered for personal educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and it is not meant to be a medical, counseling, or psychological therapy program.


  • Statistics on Canadian farmer mental health
  • “Mental wellness” vs. “Mental illness”
  • Stress: good stress and bad stress, and the impact of stress on the body, mood, and behaviour
  • Anxiety: the experience of anxiety; signs and symptoms
  • Depression: the experience of depression; signs and symptoms
  • Trauma: acute trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Substance abuse / addiction
  • Suicide
  • Importance of listening and empathy

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe stress, anxiety, depression, acute trauma, suicide, and substance abuse.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental distress.
  • Describe approaches for engaging in safe conversations about mental health with someone who may be struggling.
  • Identify appropriate people and/or organizations that can provide help / support / resources for someone who may be struggling.


  • Thursday May 27th
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Friday May 28th
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Thursday June 3rd
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Friday June 4th
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Thursday June 10th
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Friday June 11th
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Thursday June 17th
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Friday June 18th
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Thursday June 24th
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Friday June 25th
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

**Each session will require a minimum number of participants. You will be notified the day before if re-scheduling is needed. **


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    Email Address*

    Company Name*

    Company Location*

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    Date you would like to attend*
    *All sessions cover the same information.