Rural life and economic pressures can lead to depression.
No one wants to think about suicide. If it’s affected someone in your family or a friend, you know how far the pain it inflicts can reach. And while our modern world has the answer to many of our problems, unfortunately rates are on the rise in the U.S.
What’s causing it? It depends on the population you look at.
In Montana, the solitude and difficulties of rural farming life can be a trigger.
A lack of access to solid, ongoing mental health care and the economic hardship caused by shifting weather patterns can and do add up for farmers. Facing days of isolation in work that’s mostly done alone, can also make it hard to stay positive when the going gets rough.
The state is now second in the nation when it comes to suicide rates, surpassed only by Alaska.
How can this change? If you’re a farmer facing these challenges yourself, some experts recommend reaching out for outside of your community. Studies have found that some farmers find it difficult to seek help locally as they may know the healthcare provider socially.
If this is the case, consider consulting anonymous helplines such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Speaking about your worries and concerns can help you work your way out of them.
On the other hand, consider sharing your thoughts with a trusted friend. They may have experienced the same trouble themselves. And learn the stories of others who have dealt with depression themselves.
There’s no shame in seeking help- only a brighter tomorrow.
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