BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in June 2018, suicide is a leading cause of death in the US and suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Suicide rates went up more than 30 percent in half of the states since 1999.
Suicide rate in East Baton Rouge
The Baton Rouge City Key reports the age-adjusted death rate due to suicide has steadily risen since 2007. However, the rate slightly dropped from 2014 to 2016 - 47 deaths related to suicide in comparison to 49 in 2015, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office 2016 report.
You can take Baton Rouge General's online depression and anxiety assessment online to determine if you're a candidate for treatment.
Asking for help
Studies have shown that suicide risk decreases when people call the national suicide hotline. Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you need help for yourself or someone else.
Talk: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text: Crisis Text Line
The website also offers help for those who speak Spanish and are deaf and hard of hearing. Go to the top right of the webpage after opening the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. For more specific resources for those struggling with suicide (such as if you're in the LGBTQ+ community or a veteran), scroll down the main webpage for those resources.
- The Bridge Center Baton Rouge
- THE PHONE Baton Rouge (225-924-3900)
24-hour crisis counseling and emotional support line serving the Greater Baton Rouge Area.
- THE PHONE LSU (225-924-LSU1)
24-hour crisis counseling and emotional support line serving the students of Louisiana State University (LSU).
- KIDLINE (1-800-CHILDREN)
Kidline is an anonymous, toll-free, statewide telephone
service offering crisis intervention, support, parenting information and referrals to community resources within the state of Louisiana. KIDLINE counselors are available 24 hours per day – 7 days per week.
- VIA LINK Call Center (211)
Capital area, Greater New Orleans Area, and Northshore Website
The CDC said mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. Many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Other issues often contribute to suicide, such as relationships, substance use and physical health.
- Feeling like a burden
- Being isolated
- Increased anxiety
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Increased substance use
- Looking for a way to access lethal means
- Increased anger or rage
- Extreme mood swings
- Expressing hopelessness
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Making plans for suicide
Learn more about how this can save a life by visiting: www.BeThe1To.com
- Keep them safe.
- Be there.
- Help them connect.
- Follow up