In a new study by the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, rural agricultural workers such as farmers and loggers are 64% more likely to die by suicide, a stark difference when compared to just rural residents in America.

The researchers used data from 1986 to 2014, studying figures taken from the National Center for Health Statistics’ Mortality-Linked National Health Interview Survey.

From the study: “Age-adjusted suicide mortality rate per 100,000 was: 22.3 for farmers and farm managers; 21.6 for farmworkers; 28.7 in farming, forestry, and fishing; 15.3 across all other occupations; 16.1 among rural residents. Among farmworkers, age-adjusted rates were 28.3 in rural areas, 17.1 in urban areas (not significantly different).

Age-adjusted results were consistent with a higher suicide risk for workers in forestry and fishing than in all other occupations.”

With the new data, the researchers hope that further study will be made of rural suicide rates in the agricultural industry, with proper population sampling.

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To read the post about the study from The Rural Blog, click here.

SOURCE: Wiley Online Library, The Rural Blog