Suicide rates on the rise, forum to be held
Officials are reporting that there is a drastic increase in the number of suicides in across the region and Thursday night a forum will be held Thursday night on the topic. Experts say more people across the country are turning to suicide and officials are hoping to turn that statistic around very quickly. Nationwide, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24 and the tenth leading cause of death for older adults. Experts say one of the reasons those numbers are going up is that many people do not know about all of the resources available locally. They say another reason is lack of discussion. Depression and suicide are not topics that are widely discussed among friends and often times you can not tell if suicide is something a friend is considering. The indicating signs of suicide contemplation, experts say, are visible. "Some of the warning signs can just be, maybe excluding themselves or not carrying a conversation or wanting to be around people as much as they usually were," said Prevention Specialist Samantha Madderom. "Just kind of a lack of communication, separating yourself from others." The Oneida County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host a panel Thursday night at 6:30 inside the Student Center at SUNYIT where experts will discuss how to spot those at risk. They will also talk about how to help those struggling with a loss. The Mobile Crisis Assessment Team is always available. If you are feeling hopeless, they will be there to help. The number is 315-732-6228. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is also available at 1-800-273-8255. The local crisis team, MCAT will also be at SUNYIT Thursday as well to meet in private with anyone who needs to talk.