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The Increase In Suicides And Ways To Prevent It


September 5 - 11 is National Suicide Prevention Week. A federal study shows the number of suicides in the United States has surged 24% since 1999 and is now at the highest levels in almost 30 years. 

More than 40,000 people each year in the U.S. take their own lives. Most individuals considering suicide give warning signs of their intentions. The best way to prevent suicide is to recognize these warning signals and know how to properly respond to them.

Joining us to discuss suicide and how to prevent it are Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicineand Director of Psychiatric Consultation services for UC HealthDr. Cheryl McCullumsmith; and Assistant Professor in the UCCollege of Allied Health Sciences - School of Social Work, Dr. Jennifer Wright-Berryman.

If you are facing a crisis and would like to speak to someone, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Other crisis lines and information sites:

Talbert House Crisis Line: 513-281-CARE (2273)

Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline): 866-488-7386

Women Helping Women: 513-381-5610


National Suicide Prevention Twitter:

American Association of Suicidology