The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can be reached by dialing or texting 988. The new 988 three-digit dialing code routes callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In addition to suicide prevention, the callers can use it as a crisis line for any mental health issue. The old number was toll-free 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK). There are over 200 crisis centers across the country, and you will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Special services for Veterans, Native Americans, LGBTQ+ and others. Updated July 16, 2022 by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Learn the warning signs and risk factors, to help suicide prevention. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides information about preventing suicide, including what to look for, facts and figures by age and ethnicity, where to get help, finding support, and more
CDC calculated suicide rates for major industry and occupational groups and detailed occupational groups, including healthcare workers. Suicide among the U.S. working-age population (ages 16–64 years) increased 40% since 2000; in 2017, nearly 38,000 persons died by suicide. National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) data for 32 states (nearly 16,000 suicide deaths) during 2016 show the highest suicide rates were among fishing and hunting workers; musicians and singers; artists and related workers. Male suicide rates overall were more than 3.5 higher than those for females. Many construction trades, male chefs, farmers and ranchers, and drivers have significantly higher than average rates. Health professions that showed statistically higher suicide rates for females included personal care aides; nursing, psychiatric and home health aides; and registered nurses. CDC report published in MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) January 24, 2020.
A more recent MMWR summary report shows a decline in suicide rates in 2019 and 2020. Available by age, sex and race, but not by occupation. Published Feb. 25, 2022.
Call the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline at 1-833-600-2670 to get free and confidential help 24/7. Discuss farm challenges, stress, anxiety, or anything that’s troubling you in your rural living. Any topic justifies a call: financial problems, price and market uncertainties, global trade, farm transfer issues, production challenges, marital difficulties, you name it. Service is funded by the MN Department of Agriculture. In addition, mobile crisis team counselors are available in every Minnesota county, usually within 2 hours. No Covid exceptions are mentioned.