Did you know that in the United States, one person completes suicide every 16 minutes; or that it is estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have been directly affected by suicide?Experts believe that most suicidal people don't want to die, they just want to end the pain they are experiencing. Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief, so when suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved.
Sept. 9-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The Clark County Health Department asks you to make yourself more aware of facts related to suicide and help us to promote suicide prevention and reduce the number of deaths by suicide.
Here are some facts about suicide in Kentucky:
- Kentucky's suicide rate was the 16th highest in the nation in 2004.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians 15 to 34 years of age.