Suicide Rates Grow and Impact Many in our Local Community
Dubois County (NNDC):
Suicide rates are on the rise nationwide, according to new numbers released recently by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. In Dubois County we are still below the state average, but one suicide death affects 147 people in what are called suicide loss survivors, meaning that in Dubois County alone, we have over 20,000 suicide loss survivors.
For the last 13 years in the United States suicide rates have gone up and, in Indiana alone, our suicide rate has gone up for over 20 years.says
There is no single distinguishing factor but experts contend that one component is that people are not making enough money to be able to afford treatment. Meaning, that if there were an increase in wages, people would be able to afford extra services like when they’re having thoughts of suicide. And there is still a stigma surrounding mental health, which could keep some from seeking help.
Suicide prevention programs do work, the challenge is getting those who need help into the right program. Dubois County does host a monthly support group meeting at Trinity United Church of Christ on the second Monday of every month from 7 until 9 p.m for survivors of suicide.
If you’re in need to help or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-(800) 273-8255.
Portions of this story were contributed by WITZ