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Fractured: The gap between mental well-being and farming

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: May 13, 2021 11:00 a.m.

Psychology master’s student Cynthia Beck is addressing the mental well-being of farmers for her research project.
Psychology master’s student Cynthia Beck is addressing the mental well-being of farmers for her research project. Photo: Trevor Hopkin

To say farming is precarious is an understatement.

Someone’s income can vanish in one hail storm. Livelihoods are lost because of drought.

An early snowstorm can wipe out an entire year’s work in the blink of an eye.

It’s no wonder that agricultural producers and farmers are now in the number one occupation associated with suicide.

Now, a farmer and a graduate psychology student at the University of Regina, wants to help make a difference.

“I intimately understand how devastating and deadly it can be for farmers who go through difficult and desperate times,” says Cynthia Beck, whose research is tailoring an internet-delivered cognitive behaviour course to address the particular needs of farmers and those working in agricultural environments.

Read more about Beck’s work in the story “Fractured: The gap between mental well-being and farming,” found in newest edition of Discourse, the University of Regina’s research magazine.