Swiss farmers found to have high rate of suicides
Farmers in Switzerland are more likely to commit suicide than any other group.
Figures from the University of Bern show out of 90,000 farmers – 447 killed themselves between 1991 and 2014. That’s a 37% higher than average risk.
There are several reasons for the higher rates. Many are worried about money, others are lonely and some are unable to cope with new technology.
There is a helpline for farmers who feel under strain. And it’s manned by fellow farmers. The head of the service, Lukas Schwyn, says they’re receiving more and more calls.
He says it can be very helpful to talk to someone who understands their concerns.