Monday, July 15, 2024
Chris Judd

Talk about it!

Farmers just like other members of our society get stressed beyond the snapping point. If not recognized and treated, a co-worker may get unbearable to work with. A family may receive the brunt of anger built up inside a mom, dad, or even a child. Someone may massacre people in a college or grade school before that person is diagnosed with extremely violent thoughts. Children and even farmers may end their own life before a severe problem is recognized and treated.
When I was a kid, mental illness and suicide were never even talked about. Anyone singled out was put away in an insane asylum. Families who had someone who was disturbed or ended their own life was thought of as having a funny streak in them. The main reason that most people thought that way was because they had little or no training in recognizing mental problems or how to help find someone who could help. Everyone was thankful that neither mental health nor suicide were a very common problem.

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