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Letter to the Editor - Time to talk about suicide and agriculture


August 7, 2018


It’s time we talk about one of the most serious issues in rural America, mental health.  More specifically, we need to talk about agriculture and suicide.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that there has been a 25 percent increase in suicides in the United States since 1999. Montana experienced about 29 suicides for every 100,000 people — the highest in the nation.

Agriculture is Montana’s number one industry. Farmers’ stress levels are rising for a multitude of reasons, and yet mental health professional shortages continue to plague the front...

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