RED OAK, Iowa During Suicide Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, released a new ad with Iowan Jill Vrieze, whose brother Troy Sand tragically took his own life. Sand was an Iowa farmer, a profession that suffers from one of the highest suicide rates. The ad describes Ernst’s bipartisan work to successfully deliver critical mental health services for Iowa farmers, to help combat the tragic trend of increased suicides. 

Between 1992 and 2010, farmers and agricultural workers had the highest suicide rate among all occupations. In 2018, Ernst partnered with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. in successfully getting their bill signed into law to expand mental health services for farmers.

Watch:

Transcript

My brother farmed with my dad. He was the best thing in the world, you know. 

 My brother had lots of bouts with depression. 

 I don’t know if he was scared to ask for help. 

 I think people need to learn to break the silence. 

 If it wasn’t for Joni Ernst increasing our telehealth and mental health services, we wouldn’t have the support we need. 

 I think it’s going to save a lot of lives. 

You May Also Like

The People’s Republic of Johnson County

I have an idea. The citizens of Iowa that live in Johnson…

Joe Stowell to Speak at Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast

Dr. Joe Stowell will keynote the 56th annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast that will be held on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 7:15-8:45 am in Des Moines, IA.

Recap: Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration

Shane Vander Hart recaps the Democratic presidential candidate speeches at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration.