Suicide Or Failure

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 22, 2017 16:30

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In March of 2015, I wrote about farmers and depression (www.titanoutletstore.com/farmers-and-depression-a-serious-challenge/) and noted a number of points that Michael Rosmann (researcher, University of Iowa adjunct professor and licensed psychologist) provided regarding contributing factors for this illness and actions that could be taken to prevent it.  Depression and suicide are very closely linked, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org) reports that 90% of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) put together a report in 2012 that is perhaps the largest U.S. study to compare suicide rates among occupations, even though it only covered 17 states and approximately 12,300 of the more than 40,000 suicide deaths in the nation that year.  It found that farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen kill themselves most often.  So why farmers?  Dr. Rosmann feels that an intense desire to succeed on their own and at all costs is characteristic of many farmers, and ending one’s life is seen somehow as more noble than failing at farming.  Rosmann bases this conclusion on his observations during his 40 plus years of working with these individuals, and these opinions helped him develop what he calls the agrarian imperative theory which holds:

The agrarian imperative is a basic drive of humans to acquire sufficient territory and other necessary resources to produce food and agriculturally derived materials for clothing, shelter and fuel, so that the human species thrives.

The agrarian imperative instills farmers to work incredibly hard, to endure unusual pain and hardship, to take uncommon risks and to rely chiefly on themselves in their efforts to furnish these essential life-needs of their fellow humans

Dr. Wendy Ringgenberg (Des Moines University) and her co-authors of an article in the May 2017 Journal of Rural Health state that suicide in the agricultural workplace is more likely than any other work environment for which there is data, and Rosmann says that there is more to the problem that we as ag producers, our families, health-care providers, researchers and everyone else don’t comprehend than what we do.  The problem isn’t going away, and unfortunately few people want to speak candidly about suicide.  It needs to be discussed more openly if we are to learn more.

So the choice between suicide or farm failure is really not a choice.  For suicide IS failure – to understand, to educate, to recognize, to reach out and take action.  Make a commitment today to be part of the solution.

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store

References:

www.titanoutletstore.com/farmers-and-depression-a-serious-challenge/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/these-jobs-have-the-highest-rate-of-suicide/

http://www.agweek.com/life/family/4294160-be-aware-indicators-farmer-suicide

http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/feature/columnists/farm_and_ranch_life/suicide-by-farmers-continues-to-be-a-problem/article_1de8bdf6-5b6f-11e7-baa8-fb4846073baf.html

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 22, 2017 16:30
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4 Comments

  1. Deep Blue August 24, 08:57

    I have Bi Polar and it has cost me my family and rigthfully so when a person can not function mentally and makes poor decisions and can cost money losses. that effects the life style that one can lead. The family is affected too people and neighbor don’t understand and they can be and shunded. My son changed his name so he would not be associated with me. Even my family members would keep there distance from me. Mental health is a modern day LEPROSY. And it will not change no matter what kind of treatment. Durgs is not the answer, I go once a year to a doctor and i ask him if there is anything or better in my medication that can be changed adn his responds is write me Script for the same thing for another year. Another thing is the cost of health care is another factor that is in the equation some insurances don’t cover it or if they do it is very limited.
    That is my take on it being on the inside looking out

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    • Teresa Olson Author August 24, 13:48

      I am truly sorry to hear of your struggles, and hope you find strength, support and solutions that will help you manage your life. Keep searching for answers and stay hopeful!
      -Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

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  2. William N. Washington August 24, 11:09

    If there is anyone out there who has reached the end of their rope, seek help, turn your eyes to God! There are people everywhere around you who are willing to help!
    Go to church, the people who founded this nation were
    farmers, they had a profound belief in God, they looked to him for their needs.
    Read your Bible, Believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ! He changes lives and blesses those who follow him! Seek and you will find! Thank You Terry Olson for posting the article.

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    • Teresa Olson Author August 24, 13:50

      Thank you for your well-said input, and thank you for reading our newsletter blogs.
      -Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

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