Friday, September 18, 2015

Mental illness and suicide the topics of latest Eye on Oshkosh

Last night we taped another episode of Eye on Oshkosh and it is now online on our You Tube channel. The topics are mental illness and suicide, something that is on the rise in the United States and we need to do something to stop it.
For example, did you know that internationally, more than one million people die by suicide? In the United States alone, during 2013 (the most recent year for which numbers are available), 41,149 died from suicide. That is a number that devastates nearly a quarter of a million people annually, meaning the family, friends and others left behind by the person taking their own life. Other statistics you may be surprised to know:
  • Since 2007. there has been a rise in death by suicide among our military veterans.
  • Alcohol is a factor in at least 30 percent of all suicides.
  • Fifty-two percent of suicide death are by using a firearm. Firearms are now the leading method of suicide in women, as well as men, something that was not always the case.
  • Completed suicides increase with age. Currently white males over the age of 65 have the highest suicide rate in America, followed closely by African Americans and Native American males.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 15 to 24 and the second leading cause of death among those between the ages of 25 to 34.
  • Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for 1 to 14 year olds in the United States. This is one of the fastest growing group of people dying by suicide in addition to African American and Native American males.
  • Depression or other mood disorders, including anxiety, play a factor in 60 to 90 percent of all suicides.
To learn the signs to look for and how to help someone who might be considering suicide you'll want to watch this show.

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