About Our Hosts
The Guardian Network is a volunteer suicide prevention network which supports Ontario’s farming community.
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 the signs of mental distress, react to farmers at-risk, and connect individuals with appropriate mental health and crisis resources.
Mental Health Support, Education and Community for Ontario Agriculture
The agricultural community plays a vital role in ensuring Ontario has a healthy economy and local food security – supporting the well-being of all Ontarians. Our programs are tailored specifically for the Ontario agricultural community to provide for their well-being as well.
Through our suite of programs, Agriculture Wellness Ontario is bringing mental health education, counselling services and enhanced community support to rural and agricultural communities across the province.
The Guardian Network and Agriculture Wellness Ontario programs are funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial initiative and are available, free of charge, to all farmers across Ontario.
Supporting Canadian agricultural well-being with grassroots evidence-based programming.
The Canadian Centre for Agricultural Wellbeing brings together national and global leaders in the agricultural mental health field to conduct cutting-edge research to develop evidence-based community-informed programming and education to address wellbeing-related challenges amongst Canadian farmers.