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Counseling Center NEWS:
SUICIDE: A GROWING NATIONAL PROBLEM
While the recent celebrity deaths by suicide have focused attention on a growing problem, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a study indicating that the United States suicide rate increased 25.4% from 1999 to 2016. From 2014 to 2016, nationally the rate of suicide was 15.4 per 100,000 people. In Ohio, which had the 19th highest increase among the states, it was even higher—15.8 deaths per 100,000 people. That averages nearly five per day or about one every five hours. The number of lives lost to suicide was more than twice the number lost to homicide in 2016. Among those ages 14 to 35, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. The CDC re-ported that 54% of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition. This suggests a need for improved mental health screening and elimination of the stigma associat-ed with mental illness.
Factors contributing to suicide deaths include relationship problems, job loss, physical health problems, homelessness, financial and legal difficulties, and substance use.
Suicide is a public health problem and we can all help with suicide prevention efforts by becom-ing educated, making access to care easier, and advocating for public policies and funding that support those at risk of suicide.
Locally, the Mental Health & Recovery Board supports many efforts aimed at suicide prevention. More on that in a future Center Update.
Help is available and can be assessed through:
The Center Update is a monthly newsletter
Crisis Intervention Team
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. An online chat option is also available.
National Runaway Safeline Partner
National Runaway Safeline is open 24/7.
Teens and Parents or Guardians:
By calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929, you will immediately share your story with a compassionate person and build a plan together.
THE COUNSELING CENTER RECEIVES THREE NATIONAL AWARDS
Mental Health Corporation of America (MHCA), presented the Counseling Center with three Best Practices awards:
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