Brigid Rivoire Award recognizes agricultural mental health advocates

Do you know an individual, organization or group that has made an outstanding contribution in raising awareness, addressing the stigma, and supporting agricultural mental health in their community?

Applications are now open for the second annual Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health.

The award not only highlights the contribution of the person or group, but also comes with a $2,000 prize that they can donate to any mental health initiative of their choice. As well, the recipient will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in Ottawa in February to raise awareness of their work and the issue of mental health.

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“Mental health in agriculture has finally been receiving some much-warranted attention, but there’s more to do to build awareness, reduce stigma, and ensure farm families have support when dealing with mental health issues,” CFA president Mary Robinson said in a news release.

“Farmers and farm families often don’t know where to go or how to get help when they’re in need of mental health supports. This year’s trade disruptions and weather challenges highlight just how little control farmers often have over their own livelihoods. All of this understandably causes immense stress and anxiety for folks working in Canadian agriculture.”

The award was created in partnership with the Do More Agriculture Foundation, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, Farm Management Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

To apply, go to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture website. The application deadline is Oct. 11.

Brigid Rivoire was a longtime executive director of the CFA and was well known for her caring and giving spirit. The award was created in her memory after she passed away in 2017.

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