DAIRY DEPRESSION: Wisconsin dairy farmers face mental health crisis | Regional news

DAIRY DEPRESSION: Wisconsin dairy farmers face mental health crisis |  Regional news

The center issued 252 vouchers in 2020. That’s a 38.5% increase from 2019. And that doesn’t take into account advice that dairy farmers pay with private insurance or out of pocket.

Farmers are more likely to kill themselves

Wisconsin is seeing more and more suicides statewide, according to the most recent data from the state’s Department of Health Services. In 2016, the year Brian died, 862 people in Wisconsin died by suicide.

Suicide deaths are also on the rise nationwide, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2017, nearly 38,000 Americans of working age died by suicide, an increase in the suicide rate of nearly 40% from the year 2000.

The suicide rate among male farmers is 43.2 per 100,000, according to the data – 58% higher than the national rate among men of 27.4 per 100,000.

Randy Roecker, a 56-year-old dairy farmer and mental health advocate, has met many Wisconsin farmers struggling with their mental health.

Roecker, who experienced a profound, financially …

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