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Suicide has increased over the past two decades by an astounding rate. In half the United States it has increased by 30%. In KY it increased by 37% in 2016. It’s the 2nd leading cause of death among ages 15-34 in the US; and the 10th leading cause of death overall. In 2016, 46,000 people died by suicide.
In part 2 of our Suicide Prevention Awareness podcast, we continue the discussion of suicide prevention, warning signs and ways those who suffer from risk factors can get help. I am joined by Tammy Barrett, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the State of KY; Dr. Susan Pollack, Pediatrician and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and joining us from part 1 is Janet Shedd. Janet is a suicide loss survivor. Her youngest son, Tom, died by suicide at age 18 in 2015.
We hope you will share this episode and begin a conversation with people in your life. For support you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline @ 1-800-273-SAFE or text 741741.