Rep. JT Wilcox
Photo credit: WA. House Republicans
– “Washington House bill calls for counseling for farmers”
“Washington lawmakers are considering providing free mental health counseling to farmers and their workers”
“One day before the USDA predicted farm income will slump in 2018, the Washington House budget committee voted unanimously to study giving farmers and farmworkers free mental health counseling.
The timing was coincidental, but the events are related. Farm advocates say failure haunts the industry and contributes to a high suicide rate.”
“Wilcox said he introduced House Bill 2671 after reading a story about farmer suicides in the Guardian newspaper. His bill would create a task force to study providing counseling statewide. As a test, the state would contract for counseling services in one Western Washington county,” by Don Jenkins, Capital Press.