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Peterson raises awareness during Ohio Suicide Prevention Day

Highlights new #gotyourback campaign to provide resources for farmers suffering from mental health concerns

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:00 am

State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) is taking the opportunity on Ohio Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday, September 10) to help raise awareness for farmers who are experiencing depression, extreme stress and other pressing mental health concerns.

"The harsh reality is that the suicide rate among farmers is more than twice that of the general population, and it continues to be a growing concern for the agricultural community," said Senator Peterson, who cosponsored the bill establishing Ohio Suicide Prevention Day. "As an eighth generation farmer, I know how hopeless things can seem when dealing with any number of factors that are out of our control, especially during an extremely difficult weather year. I also know how important it is to look out for one another and ensure everyone knows they have a place to turn, even when life feels isolating or hopeless."

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