Help is available for suicidal thoughts

Johnson City Press • Jan 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Tennessee’s suicide rate hit a record high last year. The state Department of Health’s Office of Health Statistics reports there were 1,110 recorded suicide deaths in Tennessee in 2016, which is a 4 percent increase over the prior year.

There was a disturbing number of Tennesseans between the ages of 10 to 18 who took their own lives last year. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network says the numbers for this demographic works out to be one person in this age group lost to suicide every week.

Nationally, more than 1,100 college students take their own lives annually. It’s troubling to think so many young people feel the future is so bleak that committing suicide is their only solution.

There are no simple answers when it comes to suicide. The causes can range from desperation to depression.

There is help, however, for students who feel helpless. East Tennessee State University’s THRIVE outreach offers counseling for suicide and violence prevention programs through the school’s Counseling Center. Resources are available to students suffering from anxiety or depression.

ETSU’s Counseling Center offers a 24-hour hotline for students experiencing panic attacks at 439-4841.

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