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Wisconsin suicide rate up 40 percent since 2000, Health Services says

MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin’s suicide rate rose 40% between 2000 and 2017, according to new numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Tuesday.

“In order to save lives, we must be unified in our suicide prevention efforts,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Suicide affects far too many Wisconsin families and communities and requires a comprehensive approach to prevention that addresses the range of factors contributing to an individual’s emotional pain.”

Between 2013 and 2017 suicide rates were highest among people between 45 and 54-years-old. Seventy-one percent of deaths by firearms were suicides during that same period.

In 2017, the majority of people who died by suicide were men, and suicide was the second leading cause of death among adolescents in Wisconsin.

DHS released the numbers on Suicide Prevention Day in an effort to update the state’s suicide prevention plan.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, 1-800-273-8255.

The Crisis Text Line also offers support, text HOME to 741741.

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