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New study reveals occupational dangers for men and women

When we think of Wisconsin farms, we often think of pastoral settings in which hard work makes for plentiful harvests. Yet a recent government study shows that among men, farmers and forestry workers have the highest rates of suicide.

Previous studies suggested that farmers' exposure to pesticides might contribute to depression, while the new research indicates social isolation, the threat of financial losses, a reluctance to get mental health help, and a lack of health services in rural America also contribute to the high suicide rate.

Among women, the highest occupation suicide rate is among police officers and firefighters, the study indicated. Also high on the list for women: healthcare practitioners.

Previous research has shown that higher suicide rates among police officers are connected to the stress of exposure to violence, potentially lethal situations, working on shfts (and overwork). Unsurprisingly, women in this male-dominated line of work can also experience additional stresses.

The second highest suicide rate for men is found among those who work in the construction industry. Research indicates construction workers are often forced to contend with periods of fluctuating employment, as well as isolation.

Past studies have also shown that construction workers suffer injuries at high rates, which can also contribute to depression.

Workers struggling with mental health issues should contact a professional.

Those who face long-term disability often must contend with an insurance company reluctant to pay the benefits to which the claimant is entitled. A Milwaukee disability attorney can assess your situation and help you fight for deserved benefits. Contact the office of Alan C. Olson & Associates for more information.

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