France - The French Minister of Agriculture announces a plan for the prevention of suicide among farmers

The French Minister of Agriculture, Bruno Le Maire, has announced a national plan for the prevention of suicide among farmers.
Wednesday 6 April 2011 (7 years 6 months 11 days ago)
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The French Minister of Agriculture, Bruno Le Maire, has announced a national plan for the prevention of suicide among farmers.

Bruno Le Maire has trusted the MSA (Agricultural Mutual Benefit Society) with the task of implementing the plan which is associated with the National Program of Action against Suicide which will be presented by Nora Berra, The Secretary of State for Health.


The program hinges on 3 main principles: in the first place, better understanding the reality of suicide in agriculture. For this task Minister LeMaire has trusted in the MSA and the InVS (Health Watch Institute) which are made up of a group of professionals in charge of establishing reliable data about suicide among farmers. The results of the first study should be ready for presentation towards the end of 2011. The second principle is to develop listening mechanisms for farmers in trouble. For this, telephonic support systems will receive specific guides adapted for farmers, written by a group of doctors and associates of the MSA. Lastly, groups that will unite other organizations will be created: occupational doctors, advisors, occupational hazard prevention specialists, social workers, and psychologists will all be responsible for identifying at-risk farmers and initiate contact with them in order to avoid any suicide attempts, as well as contacting with those farmers who have attempted suicide in the previous year.

http://agriculture.gouv.fr/bruno-le-maire-a-annonce-un-plan

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