9 Suicide Warning Signs To Take Seriously

9 Suicide Warning Signs To Take Seriously

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and it’s important to be aware of the moods and actions of friends and family. In a bleak year like 2019, some farmers might believe there is no way out—know the warning signs of suicide to hopefully help prevent a tragedy.

“Farmers are some of the best caregivers in the world,” said Adrienne Desutter, farm wife, mom and specialist in behavioral health, to U.S. Farm Report Host Tyne Morgan. “They care for crops, they care for land and they care for animals, but they’re not always the best caregivers of themselves.”

It can be hard for farmers to reach out for help.

“Do not ignore signs of distress of suicide from your friends, family members or neighbors,” said Glennis McClure, University of Nebraska Extension farm and ranch management specialist. “Let them know you are concerned about them.”

Unfortunately, national suicide rates are increasing, and agriculture isn’t immune. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data, 2,704 people who work in agriculture die by suicide each year.

Someone might be considering suicide if he/she:

Talks about wanting to die 
Talks about feeling hopeless, trapped or in unbearable pain 
Talks about being a burden to others 
Increases the use of alcohol or drugs 
Acts anxious, agitated or recklessly 
Sleeps too little or too much 
Withdraws or feels isolated 
Shows rage or talks about seeking revenge 
Displays extreme mood swings 
You can find numerous online resources on how to prevent suicide from the CDC or by calling the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

For more on mental health, read:

Recognizing Mental Health Disorders
You are not Invincible, You Don’t Have to be
Suicide Prevention Week: Manage Stress On The Farm
Suicide Awareness: Vets More Than 2X More Likely To Take Own Lives

Sonja Begemann
Thu, 09/12/2019 – 14:12


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