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Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness
Where Passion Meets Purpose in Rural Mental Health
Suicide Prevention matters in rural communities. On September 8, our community came together to end the stigma and left messages of hope on luminary bags and to honor those we have lost to suicide. Let's keep the conversation going. How are you raising awareness around this issue in your community?

More obituaries acknowledge suicide as openness on mental health grows

While it was once unheard-of to mention suicide as a cause of death in news obituaries and paid death notices, that has been changing, especially in the past 10 years, said Dan Reidenberg, a psychologist and managing director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention.

High-profile suicides — such as those of comic actor Robin Williams in 2014, fashion designer Kate Spade in 2018 and dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss in 2022 — have helped reduce the stigma surrounding suicide loss. So has advertising for depression and anxiety medications, which has helped normalize that mental illnesses are health conditions.

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Suicides in the U.S. reached all-time high in 2022, CDC data shows

About 49,500 people took their own lives last year in the U.S., the highest number ever, according to new government data posted Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which posted the numbers, has not yet calculated a suicide rate for the year, but available data suggests suicides are more common in the U.S. than at any time since the dawn of World War II.

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More than 20% of teens have seriously considered suicide. Psychologists and communities can help tackle the problem

A troubling pattern is on the rise in adolescents across the country: increasing rates of suicide, with youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth most affected—all against a backdrop of teens reporting high levels of hopelessness, sadness, loneliness, and suicidal ideation.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looking at mental health and suicidal behaviors from 2011 to 2021 indicates that 13% of high school girls had attempted suicide (30% had seriously considered it). That jumped to more than 20% for LGBTQ+ teens (45% had seriously considered it).

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