As the farm economy continues to struggle, farmers continue to consider suicide as a means to solve their financial woes. In this story from the New York Times, When the Death of a Family Farm Leads to Suicide, the author follows the story of a dairy farmer who was considering suicide in order to collect his life insurance payment and avoid his family losing the farm.
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Thanks to suicide prevention help from NYFarmNet, a leading farm support group, the farmer did not commit suicide. Instead he filed bankruptcy and shifted his business model to produce organic milk instead of conventional milk.
Depression and unbearable sadness can be all consuming, but suicide is not the answer. There are resources available to help you walk through this valley.
Suicide Prevention Hotline: The nonprofit suicide prevention hotline is available in all states by calling 1-800-273-8255. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The Lifeline is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals.