How to help your farm worker get assistance with his or her suicide

By Tom Smith and Andrew KellyThe State Farm of Arizona has said it will offer free medical assistance to farm workers affected by suicide.

The announcement comes as the state faces a wave of suicides in the Phoenix area, which has been linked to the opioid epidemic.

A total of 1,500 farm workers have taken their own lives in Arizona in the past three years, according to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

In the Phoenix metro area alone, the number of suicides has risen from 1,400 to 1,723, according the National Center for Health Statistics.

There are an estimated 15,000 licensed farm workers in the United States.

State Farm of Phoenix spokeswoman Andrea Rios said the company will provide medical care and counseling to anyone who wants it.