The recent death of Ms. Kate Spade has raised our awareness about suicide amongst all socio-economic levels.

Based on an article in Trust for America’s Health, “Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide could account for 1.6 million fatalities over the coming decade (2016 to 2025) according to Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, released by the Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. From 2006 to 2015, there were 1 million deaths from these three causes. Here are the top five states, ranked by death rate per 100,000 projected in the coming decade. Illinois ranked 45th, at 44.4 deaths per 100,000 projected.

  1. New Mexico (105.7)
  2. West Virginia (99.6)
  3. Wyoming (88.8)
  4. New Hampshire (88.1)
  5. Alaska (84.4)

In a report by Albert Lang, and closer to the state in which I reside, Ohio, “Ohio’s rate could rise to 74.6 per 100,000 people from these three causes by 2025 – which would be the 11th highest – compared to the state’s current rate of 50.8 per 100,000 (as of 2015), which is the 13th highest”.

Suicide deaths increased by 28 percent between 2000 and 2015 to more than 44,000 deaths (as of 2015). Rural suicide rates are 40 percent higher than in metro areas. Ohio’s suicide death rate was 14.2 per 100,000 in 2015, which ranked 32nd highest.

The Pain Nation article goes on to say “We’re facing a generational crisis. And it calls for bigger and bolder action. Simply creating new programs to address one piece of the problem is insufficient – we need more robust and systematic change. The good news is: we know a lot about what works and can make a difference,” said Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, Chief Policy Officer, Well Being Trust. “This report highlights the need for investments that take a whole-person approach to well-being – encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of wellbeing – to truly address the drivers of pain, ultimately saving lives.”

If you or a loved one you know is depressed and or has spoken about suicide DON’T DELAY. Contact a suicide hotline NOW. There is help available. Be well and stay safe, Dr. Ken Manges.