UGA Researches Rural Suicides To Help Communities Prevent Them

Aug 14, 2019

Georgia farmers are dealing with the news that China plans to end all imports of U.S. agriculture in response to higher tariffs.

This news comes after two years of rough conditions for the farming community, including Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Michael and stalled aid packages.

With farming ranked ninth among professions with high suicide rates by the CDC, recent research from the University of Georgia School of Social Work investigates how those stressors could affect a population already at risk.

Dr. Anna Scheyett, Dean of UGA’s School of Social work, sat down with On Second Thought to share how her research can better equip rural communities in preventing suicides.

“Farming isn’t a job. It’s an identity,” Dr. Scheyett said. “Finding people that farmers trust is huge.”

If you or someone you know is looking for help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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