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Suicide among farmers provokes government action

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6935.1001 (Published 16 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1001
  1. L Dillner

    The high rate of suicide among farmers in Britain has prompted the Department of Health to fund an investigation into stress in rural areas. Farmers are nearly twice as likely to kill themselves as the average person, and figures from the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys show that farming has the fourth highest suicide rate of all occupations. Only vets, pharmacists, and dentists have higher rates.

    According to the Samaritans, suicide is the second most common cause of death among farmers - accidents are the first. “We have been concerned about farmers for some time and have formed …

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