According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide rates rose in almost every state from 1999 to 2016 is the tenth cause of death in the United States and is at a 50-year high.
Recent studies show that suicide and overdose of opiods have reduced the life expectancy of humans.
It was another busy Friday for the Pensacola police. They answer one call after another and never know what they will hear on the other line.
"Disruptions, break-ins at this time of the year, car accidents and we're dealing with suicides," said communications manager Hope Lunsford.
One thing is certain: the people in the center have experienced an increase in suicide calls.
"Suicide by car accident, suicide at home, drugs. There are numerous ways that people have tried and we see it more and more," said Lunsford.
On Friday at 10 o'clock the dispatchers answered three calls for suicide. She remembered eight suicide calls that had taken place the day before.
"These calls remain for life," she said.
Here is the explanation of the CDC.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention There are five reasons why we may see this increase recently.
- Cultural stigma of mental health
- Lack of access to affordable health care, including mental health care
- Suicide risk
- Access to deadly weapons such as firearms and toxic substances
- The lack of accurate data Suicide and suicide attempts
Lungsford said that every day is a reminder of each other.
"Do not just wipe someone off, but know that he is asking for help and attention," said Lungsford
. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you can call the 1-800-273-8255 CrisisText line by sending TALK to 741741. [1 9659022]