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From Hardship to Victory: How One Reporter's Mission Brought Attention to the Suicide Epidemic among Farm Workers

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

From Hardship to Victory: How One Reporter's Mission Brought Attention to the Suicide Epidemic among Farm Workers

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A suicide epidemic amongst farmers in America was a subject almost no one had heard of before Debbie Weingarten wrote her story. Knowledge of the alarming amount of suicides that occur in rural America wasn't even fathomable unless you were from those areas. Now, a legislative bill improving mental health services for farm workers is on its way to realization--thanks to the power of Weingartens reporting.

Weingarten didn't do it all on her own though. She had the backing of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (economichardship.org), its editors as well as an editor at the Guardian. What she did bring all on her own was a first-hand experience to the suicide epidemic--she'd lived through it.

For years she struggled with the economic pressures of owning a farm and having nowhere to turn to for help.

"We couldn't afford to buy the very food we were growing, let alone pay to see a counselor or go to the doctor or take a vacation," Weingarten said. "I felt extremely stressed and isolated, and I didn't know who to call for help. I remember googling 'free counseling resources for farmers' and literally finding nothing."

Years later Weingarten would leave her farm life, but what she couldn't shake was the thought of farmer suicide and the lacking amount of mental health services. So she went digging and found that the high rate of suicides for farmers was underreported. She set out to bring light to the issue and sought a platform. After being turned down by multiple publications, Weingarten came in contact with the EHRP. …

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