The issues of farm stress and mental health are being discussed more openly.
Kim Keller moderated a panel discussion in Yorkton that included a farmer, a rancher, a farm business advisor and a mental health professional.
Keller farms with her family near Gronlid and is also a co-founder of Sask Women in Ag.
This summer, she received a message from someone who had lost a farming client to suicide.
"They reached out to me to look for help and I wasn't sure how to help them."
Keller sent out a message on Twitter asking the agricultural community to do more for our farmers.
"Since then, we have seen farm shows, ag companies and other farmers stepping up in a big way and including mental health as a topic in the conferences, meetings and shows."
Keller says a recent study by the University of Guelph found that 45 per cent of farmers report experiencing high stress on a daily basis.
"That can be triggered by a whole host of things . . . I think it's really important that we realize that high stress on a daily basis maybe isn't normal and it's not healthy. We have to re-evaluate maybe how we are handling it and coping with it."
Keller's ultimate goal is to get rid of the stigma around mental health and mental illness in agriculture. She would like to see ag sector lead the way for other industries to tackle the issue as well.