VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana's suicide rate is up by over 50 percent, according to the newest report out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That makes it the eighth-highest increase in the nation.
19 percent or almost one in five. That's how many Hoosier teens have seriously considered taking their lives.
"Yes, it is very common in our community…A lot of people are scared of the word suicide so a lot of things go unreported or we don't hear about," said Sara Milner, health educator.
Mental Health America's Sara Milner says Vigo County "does" follow the national trend upward in suicide rates.
The reasons are many. PTSD, financial problems, bankruptcy, divorce, or even health issues.
These are onsets for depression.. the instigator for many suicides.
In 7 years, the World Health Organization says depression will be the number one cause of death around the globe.
"I know that nationally, every 14.2 minutes someone has a successful completion of a suicide."
But Milner said this doesn't have to be the case.
"Suicide is the most preventable form of death…There are a lot of warning signs that you can look for someone," said Milner.
Things like withdrawing from the outside world, involvement with drugs or alcohol or a recent purchase of a weapon...
Also if someone is facing a long jail term or even just talking about death in general.
These are signs of someone who might want to commit suicide.
So what can an average person do to help?
"Asking someone if they want to kill themselves is definitely one of the hardest questions to ask...
When you come out and ask the question directly, it's either a yes or no answer," said Milner.
It's difficult, but Milner says it's the best thing a person can do to help someone suicidal.
Illinois' suicide rate also jumped by 20 percent.
Milner said she recommends suicide prevention training for anyone wanting to learn how to help.
For more information about that program, head to their website .
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