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. 

Get CT In Your Inbox!

Don't miss a single update.

You May Also Like

Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally–Stop the HHS Mandate

From Iowa Right to Life: Make your voice heard in Des Moines,…

Ben Lange Announces “Compact With Iowans”

Iowa First Congressional District Candidate Ben Lange unveiled his “Compact With Iowans” a written list of campaign promises and vision for his first term.

Iowa Ends FY2019 With Surplus of $289 Million

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that the state of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2019 with a surplus of $289 Million in the state’s general fund.

Senate Republicans Oppose Iowa Utilities Board’s Attempt to Expand Eminent Domain Authority

State Senator Zach Whiting: “My principal concern is the dramatic expansion of eminent domain authority the IUB appears to give itself.”