Nevada no longer on list of top 10 states with highest suicide rates

LAS VEGAS - According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada is no longer in the top 10 ranking amongst the United States for highest suicide rates.

However, the decline in suicides trend isn't the case for Nevada youth.  In 2016, 111 kids and teens under the age of 18 died in Clark County.
According to statistics, 14 of them were suicides.

The numbers show a growing pattern that's concerning to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.  Due to the deaths caused by suicide, Richard Egan with the Nevada Suicide Prevention Resource Center says the rate at which people try to take their lives has increased at an alarming rate.

Egan says 100 to 200 suicides are attempted for every suicide among youth under the age of 18.  The Department of Health and Human Services says it sees three common factors associated with the public health crisis.

  • Kids who are getting help.
  • Youth who didn't ask for help, but have shown signs of distress.
  • Minors who are pressured to achieve.

Egan says they are expanding their outreach to minors in Nevada to push back against the deadly trend.  Eagan says one way of combating the issue is if parents keep an open flow of communication.

If you think you know of anyone showing signs of suicide, stay with them and have them call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  The number is 1-800-273-TALK.


 


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