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181: Rural Stress Review - depression and suicide among farmers

This is the third of four Briefings taken from Rural Stress Review carried out by a University of Exeter team, Matt Lobley, Gillian Johnson and Matt Reed with Michael Winter and Jo Little.

Year of Publication2004

There are higher levels of depression among farmers compared to the general population and they are more likely to display thoughts that life is not worth living. They are consistently a high risk group for suicide. While this is partly explained by access to the means and possibly a familiarity with death, it can also be influenced by knowing others who have committed suicide and other stressors such as financial problems.

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