Ohio suicides increased in 2021, according to new Ohio Department of Health report

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The number of Ohioans who died by suicide increased in 2021, according to new data from the Ohio Department of Health.

The following article was originally published in the Ohio Capital Journal and published on News5Cleveland.com under a content-sharing agreement.

“Suicide is a human tragedy, and any increase is of course deeply concerning,” ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said in a news release. “All of us, though, need to pay attention and recognize when someone is struggling and know where they can turn to for help.” White non-Hispanic men and women saw the largest increase in suicide rates , according to the report.

“We knew that suicide numbers were going to be impacted in a way that we didn’t want them to,” he said. “We knew that there was going to be a mental health surge after the shutdown.” 988 Suicide & Crisis LifelineThe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline moved to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline in July and there was an average of 8,670 calls from Ohio area codes from July to December 2022, according to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Source: Healthcare Press (healthcarepress.net)


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