Farmers affected by mental health issues urged to seek help


In the United Kingdom, new figures from the Office for National Statistics highlighted that the rate of suicide has hit a 16-year high following half a decade of decline.

The report, released on Suicide Prevention Day, predicts an extra 1300 suicide deaths a year will occur by 2030 if the worsening rates of the last decade continue.

Ms Murray said Australia needs to be better at proactively predicting the economic and social risks around the corner, to prevent suicide rates from increasing.

Global rates have fallen in recent years - with a 9.8 percent decrease between 2010 and 2016 - but declines were patchy.

"The FUW understands that failing to deal with poor mental wellbeing could have serious consequences and lead to the farm running inefficiently, a serious injury, relationship breakdowns, poor physical health and even worse, it could lead to suicide".

"Of course, preventing suicide often requires the efforts of many, like family, friends, co-workers, community members, educators, healthcare professionals, and governments".

"We need to find effective ways of tackling that stigma so that men aren't discouraged from getting the help they need", says Movember's global mental health and suicide prevention director, Brendan Maher.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) wants countries to revise pesticide control regulations to edge out chemicals that are commonly used in suicides. Almost three times as many men as women die by suicide in high-income countries, in contrast to low- and middle-income countries, where the rate is more equal.

Richard Pengelly Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health
Richard Pengelly Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health

Agriculture carries the highest rate of suicide above any other occupation.

Worldwide, more men killed themselves than women, World Health Organization said, with 7.5 suicide deaths per 100,000 women and 13.7 suicides per 100,000 men. Data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics show that 421 Kenyans committed suicide in 2017.

It is also sad to note that young people are especially vulnerable: More than half of all those who commit suicide are under the age of 45.

NICE cites one resource is the 'help is at hand' booklet, developed by Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance which provides emotional and practical support for those who are bereaved by suspected suicide.

The conference "will be detailing the importance of understanding the complexities of individuals who are at risk of attempting suicide", she said.

Two studies published in May found that suicides among US youths rose significantly in the months following the popular show's release in 2017.

Distressingly, for every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year.

Twitter now has a dedicated reporting form for people threatening suicide or self-harm, and a specialised team who review these reports.

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