Report: Number of suicides increase in Delmarva

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Thursday showing the number of suicides has risen in nearly every state, and Delmarva is no exception.

According to the report, the number of suicide rates in the country rose 25 percent between 1999 and 2016. 

And in Maryland, there was an 8 percent increase.  

"The numbers are increasing and the number of suicides that are happening," said Dr. Kathryn Seifert.

"Year by year it seems to be going up even here in Maryland," said Seifert. 

According to Seifert, the increase might be caused by a lack of resources, especially in rural areas. She also says that people who commit suicide are not seeking enough help. 

"People have trouble accessing services, and they're reluctant to access services [because] they don't want anybody to call them crazy," Seifert said.

"There's also not enough resources particularly in rural areas for everything that we need," she said.

One mother said her son passed away 20 years ago when he took away his life at the age of 12 years old. 

"You couldn't have convinced that my family, my son, anything would have been contemplating or anything like that, and I never would have imagined it would happen to a kid," said Kelley Green. 

However, experts say there are ways of reversing the climbing suicide rates. 

First, they say medical doctors must work with therapists to share patient information to come up with better treatment plans.

Another solution is to simply have people at risk reach out. 

"Use the hotlines, there's texting hotlines now, and there's just all kinds of ways to reach out if someone is feeling like they're really having a tough time," said Green.

"There's no shame in that game… There just isn't."

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