FRANCE: The MSA launches a vast anti-suicide action plan

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Every year, more than 150 farmers die by committing suicide. This being so, and faced with situations of distress, the agricultural social security system (MSA) has established a major suicide prevention plan for the period 2016-2020.

It follows on from the first plan (2011-2014) and is organized around three priority lines of work:

  1. Obtain a better knowledge of the actual situation regarding suicide in the agricultural world: the farmer survey covering the years 2007-2009 will be supplemented with the years 2010 and 2011. A survey regarding agricultural employees, covering the period 2007 to 2013, will also be performed.
  2. Consolidate the Agri’écoute scheme: the objectives of this second plan are to expand training for counsellors, invest in the technical system to make it more efficient, and obtain a better knowledge of the realities of the agricultural world. The communication campaigns will be revived regularly, to revitalize the system and ensure its visibility.
  3. Develop the operation of the multi-disciplinary risk prevention units, which are based on numerous partnerships: Ministries of Health and Agriculture, National Suicide Observatory, INVS, INPES, counselling organizations, etc.

 Plan 2016-2020 (in French)

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