Monday, December 10, 2018

Suicide is a public health crisis - so where's the money and will to end it?

This opinion piece was written by Jarrod Hindman, Deputy Chief of Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch of the Colorado State government. For more like this, read ourviolence prevention newsfeed.

When the US released its most recent suicide statistics, there should have been a national outcry. From 1999 to 2016, US suicide rates soared by more than 30%. In 2016 alone, some 45,000 people died by suicide.
The suicide rate in every single state, with the exception of Nevada, went up between six and 58% over the last 17 years. It’s not just one state or one region. It’s a nationwide increase and a national problem.

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