Suicide death has risen across the nation and here locally.
Suicides have increased in all states except one, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a CDC report, more than half of all deaths in 27 states, the people had no known mental health condition when they ended their lives.
Between 1999 and 2016 in the state of Georgia, there has been a 16.2 percent increase in the rate of suicide. According to the CDC, there are multiple factors that contribute to suicide among those with or without mental health conditions:
- Relationship problem (42%)
- Problematic substance use (28%)
- Crisis in the past or upcoming two weeks (29%)
- Criminal legal problem (9%)
- Physical health problem (22%)
- Loss of housing (4%)
- Job/Financial problem (16%)
In 2016, Georgia had a suicide rate of 13.27 per 100,000 people, ranking the state 34th among all suicides nationally, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Among Georgians ages 25 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death, and nearly twice as many in Georgia die from suicide than homicide, the foundation reported.
Local numbers –
AllOnGeorgia – Camden contacted the Camden County Coroner’s Office for the last three year’s of data concerning the number of death investigations in Camden County ruled as death by suicide with demographic information.
- 2016 – 1 suicide: 51-year-old- white male – 76 total deaths investigated
- 2017 – 12 suicides: Average age is 35 years old with over 90 percent of the victims being white and male. There were nine males and three female victims with the youngest being 14 years old with the oldest being 51. In 2017, there were 110 investigated deaths.
- 2018 – 18 suicides: Average age is 41 years old with 72 percent being white and the rest reported as being black, biracial, or Hispanic. There were 10 males and eight female victims with the youngest being 17 years old and the oldest being 60 years old. In 2018, there were 88 investigated deaths as of 12-9-18.
Nationwide, suicide is now being looked at as not just a mental health problem, but also as a public health concern.
This year, many local nonprofits in Camden County and the school district have increased efforts to communicate resources for those in need of mental health services. In addition, the school district has increased their efforts for crisis response teams and increased safety protocols throughout the school district.
Everyone can help prevent suicide:
- Learn the warning signs of suicide to identify and appropriately respond to people at risk. Find out how this can save a life by visiting: www.BeThe1to.com
- Reduce access to lethal means – such as medications and firearms – among people at risk of suicide.
- Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255 press 1.