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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Suicide increases in Tennessee
A newly released report shows that suicide is the leading cause of injury death in Tennessee. More people die by suicide than by car crashes or murder. The report confirms a new study from the Centers for Disease Control that shows that suicide is rising across the United States. According to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, most of those who die by suicide in the state are white males between ages 45 and 54. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people aged 10-19. Firearms are the most common method. Not only are families traumatized and broken by suicide, says the report, but it also has an economic impact. The average cost of a suicide hospitalization in Tennessee is $35,300 and the average cost of a single suicide death, considering medical treatment and lost wages, is $1.3 million. There is help available because suicide is never the answer. It is a permanent solution to a temporary concern. The National Suicide Hotline is available at 1-800-273-8255.

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