What is the Farmer Assistance Program
The Farmer Assistance Program (FAP) is a service that provides confidential, professional counselling services to farmers and their families. The program recognizes that some problems can affect home life and work performance. When this happens, help may be required in resolving these problems through the assistance of a trained professional counsellor. Our consellors are trained to provide short term counselling or refer you to other professional services and resources in the community.
The FAP counsellors have a wide variety of experience in a range of problem areas, including:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Trauma/Critical Incidents
- Alcohol and drug misuse
- Couple and Marital counselling
- Elder care concerns
- Family matters/parenting concerns
- Legal issues
- Learning disabilities
- Grief counselling
- Job conflict
- Career counselling
- Anger Management
- Counsellling with children and teens
This program will provide a range of services for farmers and their families:
- Individual and family assessment
- Counselling and referrals as warranted
- Wellness sessions
- Consultation and support services
A farmer is an individual, partnership, cooperative or other association of persons engaged in the production of crops, livestock or other eligible commodities intended for commercial sale.
Confidentiality is key to any counselling service. Counselling sessions will be held in private offices, NOT connected with either the Federation of Agriculture (PEIFA) or the Department of Agriculture. No one within the PEIFA will know who uses this service.
The cost for this service will be free of charge to Federation members and their families.
The services will be accessible 24 hours a day by contacting the counselling coordinators – Jan Henry, Caroline LeBlanc or Frank Bulger directly at (902) 626-9787
All calls and enquiries will remain confidential.