With a population of 53,000 people, Camden County is experiencing significant increases in suicide deaths. Camden County Coroner, L.W. Bruce describes the recent bout of related suicide deaths as alarming.
Bruce said via email that since January 1 of this year to present date, there have been a total 50 death investigations. Ten of the deaths (20 percent) were suicide.
In the last three days, Bruce said that there have been 4 suicides:
- June 17th, 2018- Two males, ages 25 and 37, and one female, age 43.
- June 19th, 2018 – A 43-year-old male.
The total number of deaths investigated by the Camden County Coroner’s Office from January 1, 2017 to date is 154 deaths. Of these investigated deaths, 22 were suicides.
Since January 1, 2016, Bruce said the youngest suicide was age 14 and the oldest was age 64 with the average age being 38.
According to a new Vital Signs report from the CDC released on June 8th, 2018, Georgia has seen a 16.2 percent increase in suicide deaths between the years of 1999 to 2016.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Child Fatality Review Unit released data in May of 2018. So far, eighteen children have reportedly taken their own lives which is the same number as this time in 2017. The majority of the suicides were committed by hanging, with firearms as the second most used method.
The recent Vital Signs report recommends that states take a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention and address the range of factors contributing to suicide. This requires coordination and cooperation from every sector of society: government, public health, healthcare, employers, education, media and community organizations.
From the 2018 Vital Signs report, researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide. Firearms were the most common method of suicide used by those with and without a known diagnosed mental health condition.
To help states with this important work, in 2017 CDC released a technical package on suicide prevention that describes strategies and approaches based on the best available evidence. This can help inform states and communities as they make decisions about prevention activities and priorities.
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