Rural GPs can play suicide prevention role

The perception that farmers do not seek help for their health before committing suicide has been rebutted by Australian researchers who have shown they do go to the doctor — but often for physical health complaints rather than psychological ones.

The study from the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention shows almost half of farming and agricultural workers sought help from a GP for a physical condition in the three months prior to their death by suicide.

The results will hopefully lead to targeted education

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