The mental health of Georgia Farmers

From State Affairs:

The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine did an online statewide survey between January and April 2022 . The survey drew 1,651 people in the agriculture industry. It looked at their mental health and well-being. Here’s what the survey found:

  • 29% of farmers said they thought of dying by suicide at least once a month.
  • 42% of farmers have had suicidal thoughts at least once in the last year.
  • 47% said they experienced loneliness at least once a month.
  • 49% reported being sad or depressed at least once a month.
  • 39% said they felt hopeless at least once a month.

Truly shocking numbers.