Margaret Swartz

Margaret Swartz

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a subject we might want to shy away from, but needs our awareness. This article is intended to highlight the problem and provide steps people can take to help others.

In the United States suicide rates are rising while the country is witnessing a decrease in death due to car accidents and homicides. Since 1999, suicide rates have risen 30 percent, although the reason for this increase is not completely clear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly referred to as the CDC, reports that 54 percent of people who completed suicide did not have a known mental health diagnosis. The latest statistics from the CDC from 2016 identified 45,000 deaths occurred in that year from suicide.

Margaret Swartz, Psy.D., is a member of the Behavioral Health Task Force, an affiliate of Healthy Adams County.

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