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May 19, 2021 Issues & Insights

What We’re Reading: Fractured: The gap between mental well-being and farming

By Krista Baliko, for the University of Regina’s Discourse Research Magazine

“When I had my daughter 15 years ago, I experienced postpartum depression and realized I was all alone,” says Cynthia Beck, speaking from her farm south of Regina.  “Mental-health services in rural Saskatchewan are not that accessible, and doctors don’t stay long before they move on. Plus, this was before the advent of social media, with very few resources and online connections.”

Even though Beck felt alone, she knew that many others were in the same situation.

As both a farmer and a graduate psychology student at the University of Regina, she intimately understands how devastating and deadly it can be for farmers who go through difficult and desperate times.

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What We’re Reading’ is a quick look at some of the issues and insights Alberta Beef Producers’ content creators and editors are reading to stay up-to-date, to broaden perspectives, and to explore issues relevant to the agriculture industry.

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