6 p.m. (EST), Sunday, June 24, 2018 - In the midst a recent week when noted fashion designer Kate Spade took her own life, followed soon by chef, author, and TV host Anthony Bourdain, the Centers for Disease Control released a new report calling attention to suicide as a “serious public health issue.” Suicide rates, it said, have risen steadily in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016 - some 25 percent in that time period. Other recent reports break it down: Appalachian suicide rates described as “startlingly high - even higher for veterans in the region;” and, hospitals reporting growing numbers of kids and teens, at risk for suicide.
Dr. Melinda Moore, Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist in the EKU Department of Psychology; Director of Eastern Kentucky University Suicide Awareness and Focus on Safety; and, Clinical Division Director of the American Association of Suicidology. Click here to read Dr. Moore's OpEd in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Dr. Gregory Plemmons, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Vanderbilt.
Shelby Rowe, youth suicide prevention program manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and herself an attempted suicide survivor.
Plus a report on rising rates of suicide among women from NPR's Richa Chatterjee.