CDC says farmers and construction workers face increase risk of suicide

A large construction crane sits in the parking lot of Sun Life Stadium Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Miami Gardens Fla. Oklahoma is scheduled to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Farmers and construction workers are at increased risk of suicide, according to a new study by the Center for Disease Control.

Experts said working in isolation and lack of steady employment are contributing factors. Among males, about 91-percent of farmers and fishermen are at risk.

Others at risk include construction, maintenance and installation workers.

Mental health specialist Dr. Katherine Perez said a societal stigma could be to blame for not seeking help.

“Don’t assume because someone is a strong construction worker or a proud farmer that they don’t have emotions. Ask how people’s days are going. You would be surprised that people are willing to answer,” Dr. Perez said.

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, call the national hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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