Why is that presumably
kept published ?
Why is it so
that it fully-allows
to be committing suicide ?
Farmers are one of the professional groups at highest risk of suicide in England and Wales, and account for about 1% of all suicides. The proportional mortality ratios for male farmers aged 16–64 were 205 in 1982–7 and 145 in 1988–92. For farmers and farmworkers combined these ratios fell to 167 and 129 respectively.1
Suicide among farmers is a particular cause of concern in Devon. For the years 1981–93 there were 62 suicides among farmers which was more than any other county in England and Wales. The mean annual rate of suicide among farmers over this period in the county was 38/100 000 and this represents a relative risk of 1.48 compared with the rest of England.2
Many factors have been proposed to account for this high rate including access to firearms, the prospect of unemployment, financial difficulties, and a sense of personal failure when this involved the loss of the family farm, a functional attitude to death, increased psychiatric morbidity, personality factors, isolation, lack of social support, lack of a personal meaning to life, and high levels of occupational stress.2-4
Other factors may also be relevant. For example, there is some evidence that the use of organophosphates may have adverse effects on farmers.5 There is also evidence that rural decline and economic deprivation is a contributory factor in male suicide6 as well as the traditional belief that farmers do not like to complain or ask for help.
The hypothesis that this study sought to test was that farmers would be less likely to have been in contact with primary or mental health services before death, due to their reluctance to seek help. The study also sought to identify other characteristics that differentiated suicide among male farmers from other professional groups.
One farm produces
to maintain well over 100 families.