Suicide Prevention Week Aims to Increase Awareness

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois public health officials are using Suicide Prevention Week to raise awareness of the warning signs for suicide.

The Department of Public Health operates the "It Only Takes One" suicide prevention public awareness campaign and received a federal grant last year to focus on stopping youth suicide.

Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says suicide is preventable and resources are available to help.

Suicide causes more than 1,000 deaths a year in Illinois -- more than caused by murder or HIV. People aged 15 to 24 account for 13 percent of suicides and men commit four times more suicides than women. Firearms are used in nearly 40 percent of suicides.

Warning signs include someone talking about hurting himself, substance abuse, hopelessness, withdrawal, anger and recklessness.


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