Farmer mental health: A recovery-oriented approach to support Alberta farmers for a sustainable future

Alberta is among Canada’s most productive agricultural economies contributing approximately $9.68 billion to the provincial economy in 2020. In fact, Alberta’s agriculture industry is a key driver of economic recovery in a post-COVID world. However, farmers face a range of occupational stressors unlike individuals in any other industry: unpredictable weather, volatile markets, animal-disease outbreaks, depopulation,[…]

Trends and characteristics of occupational suicide and homicide in farmers and agriculture workers, 1992-2010.

The purpose of this paper was to review the occupational homicide and suicide statistics for farmers and agriculture workers and to identify victim characteristics and incident circumstances. The study found homicide rates for farmers and agriculture workers were lower than rates for total occupations for 14 years, while suicide rates for farmers and agriculture workers[…]

Fracked: Coal seam gas extraction and farmers’ mental health.

Farmers are exposed to a unique range of vocational stressors, and while mental health morbidity is similar to their non-rural counterparts, suicide rates in the farming community are higher. We examined the contribution of coal seam gas (CSG) extraction to the global stress burden and mental health of 378 Australian farmers (mean age = 53.08[…]

Farmers’ Suicide: Across Culture

In this editorial, the authors discuss suicide among farmers in different cultures. Specific mention is made of suicide among female farmers. Suggestions for prevention conclude the editorial. (13 refs.)

Suicide Mortality and Agricultural Rationalization in Post-War Europe

This study investigated whether a general relationship could be found between structural change in agriculture & suicide in post-war Europe. Annual national-level data on suicide, the percentage of the workforce in agricultural employment, & the unemployment level were collected for those countries & 10-year periods where structural changes in agriculture between 1950-1995 had been most[…]

Understanding Suicide in Australian Farmers

This study investigated the rate of mental health problems amongst farmers compared with non-farmer rural residents & additional factors that might contribute to an increased risk of suicide amongst farmers. Key findings emerged from self-report questionnaire data, personality measures, & semi-structured interviews. No support was found for higher rates of mental health problems among farmers[…]

Resilience Among men Farmers: the Protective Roles of Social Support and Sense of Belonging in the Depression-Suicidal Ideation Relation


Suicide in Rural Areas (In: Suicide: Strategies and Interventions for Reduction and Prevention, ed. by S Palmer)


Suicide Risk Among Mexican Farmworkers in the Western Slope of Colorado

This presentation discussed a two-stage project that is assessing the mental health of Mexican migrant farmworkers in western Colorado. The first phase found 17.2% of 100 respondents had suicide ideation, 8.1% made plans about how they would take their life, & 7.1% had attempted suicide. In the second phase of the project, individuals at risk[…]

Self-Poisoning in Rural Sri Lanka: Small-Area Variations in Incidence

This study investigated small-area variation in self-poisoning incidence in Sri Lanka & its association with area-based socioeconomic & agricultural factors. The overall incidence of intentional self-poisoning in the study area in 2002 was 315 per 100,000. Socioeconomic disadvantage, as indexed by poor housing quality & low levels of education but not unemployment, was associated with[…]