CDC Report Shows Increase In Suicides Nationwide; Supreme Court Decides Ohio Voter Registration Case

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last week that showed an increase in the rates of suicide in 49 out of 50 states.  Nationwide, the CDC pegged the increase at 25%.  But for Ohio, the suicide rate increase was determined to be 36%. The CDC says it will take a concerted effort across communities to stem the rising numbers.  We'll discuss the CDC report with two experts and talk about what loved ones can do to help those who may be struggling.  Then, the Supreme Court decides in favor of Ohio in a case over voter registration purges. We'll discuss the ruling and the reaction ignited by it.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:    1-800-273-8255

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board Suicide Prevention Helpline: 216-623-6888

Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board: Text 4Hope to 741741 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website

SAVE website

Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board Suicide Prevention Resource Page

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

CDC Vital Signs Resource Page: Suicide Prevention

#BeThe1To Campaign website

Know the 12 Suicide WARNING SIGNS (Courtesy CDC)

  • Feeling like a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

5 Steps to help someone at risk (Courtesy CDC)

  • Ask.
  • Keep them safe.
  • Be there.
  • Help them connect.
  • Follow up.



Daniel J. Reidenberg, Psy.D., Executive Director,  Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE); Managing Director, National Council for Suicide Prevention  
Maggie Tolbert, RN, C, Assistant Chief Clinical Officer, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County  
Jonathan Entin, Professor Emeritus of Law, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University  
Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau Chief  

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