30 August 2018

More than one agricultural worker in UK commits suicide a week, figures show

MORE THAN ONE AGRICULTURAL WORKER COMMITS SUICIDE EACH WEEK, reports Farming UK.  The Farm Safety Foundation has advised the farming industry to start looking after themselves mentally as well as physically.  The leading cause of death for people aged between 20 and 34 is suicide and, according to the ONS, more than one farm worker dies by suicide in the UK each week – the highest of any occupational group.  Risk of suicide is highest amongst those who harvest crops and rear animals – at almost twice the national average.  British-based rural charities including the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Farming Community Network, and the Addington Fund, all aim to shine a light on this hidden issue.