Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state of Ohio.
Muskingum County in particular ranks 51 of 88 counties with a suicide rate of 10.6%. Medical Director of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre says while 80% of individuals have contemplated suicide, there are specific groups at higher risk.
"People most significant at risk are white males in the elderly group. They have the highest rate. Our children don’t have the highest rate but it is either the 2nd or 3rd leading cause of death in our young people under the age of 25."
An Ohio Bill is being proposed that would require community colleges and universities to put suicide prevention programs in place. Dr. Whiticar says this type of program is a very important thing for college students.
"I think its very important that our colleges be aware that children in college have major changes because they are away from home their lives are different, they get exposed to things that they may need extra help at sometime in their life."
To learn more about helping to prevent suicide, you can visit the following website: www.ohiospf.org