Wisconsin Suicide Rate Soars

By: January 18, 2005
By: January 18, 2005

A Wisconsin Medical Journal study finds alarming news about the state's suicide rate.

The study says the rate of suicide for people under age 25 in Wisconsin was 36 percent higher than the national average -- 5.7% of young people committed suicide per 100-thousand, compared with 4.2% nationwide.

Study co-author Dr.Stephen Hargarten says the key to cutting the numbers is restricting access to possible tools and watching for warning signs.

Hargarten is also director of the Firearm Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He says one pattern the study found was the danger of firearms, which are more consistently lethal than overdose attempts.

Other signs to watch for are talk of suicide, withdrawing from friends, crying or giving away possessions.

The study used suicide and homicide rates from 2000 to 2002.

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