The national suicide rate is 13.9 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. And the Ohio suicide rate is similar, coming in at 14 suicide deaths per 100,000 people as of 2017. But Brown County has a much higher suicide rate than both of these rates, with 18 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. What’s even more concerning is that this data comes from before the pandemic, leading many to become concerned about suicide prevention resources in Brown County.
Today, we’ll review new information about suicides in Ohio and Brown County specifically. Suicide prevention is a community responsibility, and we are proud to do our part in keeping the people of Brown County and the surrounding areas safe.
New Ohio Suicide Data
A new study titled “Suicide in Ohio: Facts, Figures, and the Future” has revealed that there is a significant disparity in county-by-county suicide rates in Ohio. This study was conducted by researchers at Ohio University, with key support from the Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition, the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.
And given the high suicide rate in Brown County, it’s clear that more suicide prevention resources are needed. In fact, Brown County ranked 6th in the state for the highest number of suicides per 100,000 people. Rural counties ranked especially high, which indicates that there was a lack of mental health education. For those working in the mental health field, it’s clear that people need more information about identifying and treating the warning signs of suicide.
Even more concerning is that data for this study only reaches until 2018. And given that the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound negative effect on mental health, there’s reason to fear that Brown County’s suicide rate could be even higher than we know. Given this danger of suicides near and around the Cincinnati, Ohio area, we’re going to share how to identify if you’re at risk of suicide and how to get help because those feelings become dangerous.
Lowering the Risk of Suicide in Ohio
For most people, suicidal thoughts or actions are not the first symptoms of a mental health condition. Suicide is most often associated with a depressive disorder, but it can also arise as a symptom of anxiety, bipolar disorder, or a variety of other mental health conditions.
Often, early warning signs of suicidal thoughts include:
- Loss of enjoyment in activities used to make you happy
- Feeling like a burden for others
- Drinking or using drugs to feel better
- Trouble falling asleep or trouble waking up from sleep
- Sudden bursts of anger or aggression
- Mood swings that seem to come and go without reason
Of course, some of these issues are just normal parts of life. But when these feelings persist for weeks or months, and they don’t seem dependent on any kind of situation, that’s a good indicator that you’re dealing with a mental health issue. And that’s normal, but it’s important to seek help before the symptoms worsen.
At Georgetown Behavioral Hospital, we provide an inpatient mental health program that’s perfect for stopping mental health symptoms from reaching the point of suicidal ideation. This provides a safe place with 24/7 care where you can just focus on mental health without daily life stressors. In this way, you can receive a place to stabilize and treat existing symptoms before they get worse.
But it’s important to know that it is never too late to seek help. While it’s true that mental health issues are easier to treat when caught early, nobody is ever beyond help. Even if you’ve already started developing suicidal thoughts, we can help you learn positive coping mechanisms and develop behavioral health skills that will help you regain control of your mental health.
Local Suicide Prevention Resources
Brown County faces an especially high suicide risk, and as a community, it’s important that we come together to prevent suicides here at home. At Georgetown Behavioral Hospital, we are committed to helping people regain control of their mental health and take charge of their own well-being.
If you or someone you loved is at risk of developing suicidal tendencies or are already having suicidal thoughts, call 937-483-4930 or submit a confidential contact form. Remember that there is never a better time to seek help than right now.