PORTLAND, Ore. – A new national study shows suicides over a 15-year period have dramatically increased in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study looked at suicides from 1999-2014. It showed a 24 percent increase, from 10.5 to 13 per 100,000 Americans.
For middle-aged women, the increase was even more pronounced, up 63 percent compared to a 43 percent increase from middle-aged men.
At Lines for Life, calls to the helpline have also gone up. At least they are calling.
“When people are calling you there’s a part of them that does want to live. I truly do believe that,” said Matt Koslowski, military services coordinator with Lines for Life.
And even if we’re feeling fine, we can support others who are hurting.
“Anybody can know the warning signs," said David Westbrook, Chief Operating Officer of Lines for Life. "Ask a loved one about. If they’re having thoughts of suicide, then reach out and help them get help, which so many people need."
The Lines for Life helpline is 1-800-273-8255.