DPJ: Tackling Farmer Depression

CSM EDITORIAL This week we would like to highlight a new charity called the DPJ Foundation. Agricultural contractor Daniel Picton-Jones from Pembrokeshire was just 34 and had two young children when he ended his life in July last year. His widow, Emma, who grew up on a dairy farm, said his death had been devastating and had brought into sharp focus a huge problem surrounding … Continue reading DPJ: Tackling Farmer Depression

For Farmers Suffering Stress

BY HARRIET BOWYER, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Low mood and anxiety are experienced by many people throughout their lifetime. Research indicates that farmers may be particularly vulnerable to these difficulties and that a significant number of farmers sadly commit suicide each year. For a variety of reasons farmers may not want to, or can’t access, formal health care services for support: the demands of work may … Continue reading For Farmers Suffering Stress

What Not to Say to a Depressed Farmer

BY MARK TOWNLEY Suicide rates in farmers are the highest of any occupation. That’s an alarming statistic. The exact numbers for farmer suicides is difficult to determine because farmer deaths are often reported as hunting, equipment or farming accidents instead of suicides. Access to highly lethal means — firearms, poisons, machinery — result in a large proportion of fatal suicide attempts. There are stories of … Continue reading What Not to Say to a Depressed Farmer