In national news:

A new CDC report found that American farming, fishing and forestry workers commit suicide at a rate five times that of general population – 84.5 per 100,000 people. According to the report, “previous research suggests that farmers’ chronic exposure to pesticides might affect the neurologic system and contribute to depressive symptoms. Other factors that might contribute to suicide among farmers include social isolation, potential for financial losses, barriers to and unwillingness to seek mental health services (which might be limited in rural areas), and access to lethal means.” Construction and extraction had the second highest suicide rate by occupation – 53.3 per 100,000 people.

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