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LATEST SUICIDE STATS SHOW ALARMING NUMBER IN UPPER CUMBERLAND

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The 2018 Status of Suicide in Tennessee report released by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network today provides state legislators, mental health professionals, and the general public with information on the problem of suicide in our state and what is being done to prevent it. The report based on 2016 compiled data also gives a stunning report for the Upper Cumberland region including Cumberland, Fentress, Overton, Clay, Pickett, Putnam, Jackson, DeKalb and Warren counties. For rates of suicide attempts resulting in hospitalizations and suicide attempts needing emergency room treatments, the Upper Cumberland region leads the state. Putnam County leads the amount of suicides in the listening area with 24 followed by Cumberland County with 18 (highest number since 2011 – 6 in 2011, 16 in 2012, 6 in 2013, 14 in 2014, and 13 in 2015), Anderson County was third on the list with 17 followed by Monroe with 13, Roane with 12, McMinn with 9, Rhea and Overton with 8 each, Morgan with 7, Loudon and White with 4 each and one for Bledsoe, Fentress and Meigs counties. If you or someone you know is showing signs of considering suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support. The number to call them is1-800-273-8255 or you can text TN to 741741 to connect to the crisis text line and a trained counselor will assist you. For more information and resources, visit tspn.org