Suicide in one of the leading causes of death in the United States, claiming nearly 35,000 lives annually, or about 15 per minute. Among youth (15-24) suicide has increased more than 200 percent in the last 50 years and in Utah, it is the second leading cause of death in adolescents. The rate of suicides is on the rise with the elderly, as well. It is no respecter of ethnic, economic, social or age boundaries
September is Suicide Prevention Month and Bear River Valley Hospital shares these statistics to educate the community, not only on the risk factors, but also on ways to help decrease this problem.
Sean Horsley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at BRVH, said suicide is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, and is on the rise locally. “The Bear River Valley Hospital, Bear River Mental Health and Bear River Health Department and other community members have been working together for the past several months to form a coalition to prevent suicide,” he said.
And suicide is preventable. According to Horsley, “Individuals do not ‘commit’ suicide, they complete suicide. Saying someone commits suicide conveys the notion that he or she was in control. They are driven by a desire to die that is out of their control, if they are fortunate enough to survive they are usually involuntarily hospitalized.”
Horsley further stated that suicide is not normal or rational. “Mental illness, drugs and alcohol are often the causes of suicide. Individuals who attempt suicide do not really ‘want to die,’ they just want to end unbearable emotional pain.”
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