CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - An area county is hoping taking a more proactive approach will cut down on the number of suicides.
In the past three months the Chippewa County Coroner says he has ruled seven deaths suicides.
Now the county says it’s taking steps to help raise awareness of a growing issue.
“We don't know the underlying motivation other than people have lost hope they may have had a situation event in their life like a loss in job, relationship.” Chippewa County Human Services Director Larry Winter said.
Larry winter with Chippewa County says there are a number of reasons people choose to take their own life, and he says a spike in suicides in the summer months has caught his attention.
“What we've noticed in the last three years is the trend is between June and September Is when over 50 percent of those are occurring,” Winter said.
This year alone 7 of the 10 confirmed suicides in the county have occurred in the months of June, July and August.
Winter says he hopes getting the word out about services available here in Chippewa County will ensure that the people that need help get it before it’s too late.
“A lot of this can be about the stigma as to why people might not want to reach out to receive the help because their community might perceive them as crazy,” Winter said.
Winter says he hopes the introduction of a the Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership will help break down those stigmas so people feel safe reaching out for help.
“If we can be compassionate and understand that and be accepting of that then together as a community we can begin to address some of this issue,” Winter said.
“Some people seek help and some are very quiet about it and never ask for it,” Chippewa County Coroner Ron Patten said.
Patten says while he believes the county has enough services to help those in need, ultimately it’s up to the individual to seek out the help.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there is a toll free number to call. That number is 888-552-6642.