FPS staff report
August 30, 2011
The promotional flyer states, “Suicide...a word that is whispered...an action that roars.”
A Suicide Prevention Awareness Program and Remembrance Event will be held Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. on Public Square in Carrollton. The event is sponsored by The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties.
A short program is planned and will include a candlelight remembrance ceremony, stories by family members of individuals who have suicided, information for Survivors of Suicide support group, light refreshments and snacks.
Statistics show Carroll County has a suicide rate of 16.2 per every 100,000 persons and is higher than the national average of 11.5 per every 100,000 persons. Carroll County ranks 11th out of 88 Ohio counties with one being the county with the highest suicide rate. In Carroll County, 71.4 percent of suicides are male and in the age group of 65-74 years. However, according to a coalition spokesperson, the age is lowering.
Persons who are considering suicide generally display symptoms of depression. These signs may include (but are not limited to):
*Sudden radical change in mood, particularly depression.
*Increase use of alcohol or drugs.
*Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
*Giving away of cherished items/making goodbyes.
*Serious withdrawal from activities and significant person.
*Persistent discussions of death.
*Self destructive or high risk behavior.
*Identification with someone who has committed suicide.
*Statements of desire to explore or complete suicide.
* Previous attempts of suicide.
If a loved one is considering suicide, take it seriously and be willing to listen. People should tell the person you are concerned and let the person know you care and that they are not alone. Help the person find a knowledgeable mental health professional or treatment facility.
In an acute crisis, do not leave the person alone. Remove all items from the vicinity that could be used for suicide and take the person to the emergency room or walk-in clinic. The local crisis line can be reached at 330-627-5240 or call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.