Increased suicide among farmers attributed to financial, climate and lifestyle issues
Editor’s note: If you or someone you know may be considering suicide or is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
A disturbing statistic: The suicide rate for male agricultural workers in the United States is two times the national average, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. This comes as overhead costs skyrocket, climate change brings more storms, drought and changing weather patterns, and interest rates continue to rise. Now, clergy in affected regions, including North and South Dakota and Minnesota, are taking notice, and stepping in to help.
Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks to South Dakota Pastor and former farmer Alan Blankenfeld, who founded Moody County Cares, and Flandreau, South Dakota, farmer Todd Sanderson, who is part of the group.
Mental health resources
- Farm and rural stress hotline
- Rural mental health overview
- Rural response to farmer mental health and suicide prevention
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