Suicide in the workplace: Which professions are high risk?

  • Farming, fishing and forestry


    Farmers, fishermen and forestry workers spend their days in the great outdoors, but are also subjected to a number of pressures that may raise their risk for suicide. Factors include financial loss; physical stress and illness due to the taxing nature of the work; social isolation; difficult work-home balance; and limited access to mental health services. They may also suffer depression from chronic pesticide exposure.

    This study, as well as others, show that firearms and hanging are the two leading methods of suicide for people in this occupation.

    There are approximately 5.1 workplace suicides per 1,000,000 workers in these industries -- well above the national average of 1.5.

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