Report: San Diego County suicide rate highest in five years - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Report: San Diego County suicide rate highest in five years

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The number of people who committed suicide in San Diego reached its highest number in five years in 2017, according to a report released Thursday by the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council.

There were 458 suicides in the county in 2017, 27 more than in 2016. The most suicide deaths the county has seen in recent years was 441 in 2013. Both 2017 and 2013 had suicide rates of 13.8 per 100,000 people.

In addition to the overall rise in suicides, suicide rates for people under 18 continued to trend upward, mirroring rises in the state and national suicide rates for children and teenagers. San Diego's under-18 suicide rate has climbed from roughly 0.75 deaths per 100,000 people in 2007 to two per 100,000 in 2016.

"Suicide continues to be a serious concern in our region," said Dr. Michael Krelstein of the county's Health and Human Services Agency. "We must do all we can to prevent people from taking their lives and it starts by knowing the warning signs of suicide."

Warning signs of suicide include loss of health; loss of job, home and personal security; increased alcohol or drug use; isolation from family and friends; and daring or risk-taking behavior, according to county health officials.

County officials said calls to the county's crisis hotline and visits to its suicide-prevention website have also been on the rise.

"The good news is that fewer people are ending up in the emergency room because of a self-inflicted wound and more San Diegans are reaching out for help and calling the hotline," Krelstein said.

County health officials advised residents who want more information about suicide prevention and mental health support to visit the county's suicide prevention website -- up2sd.org -- or call the access and crisis hotline at (888) 724-7240.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Old Town: Father accused of shooting and killing son out on bail

    Old Town: Father accused of shooting and killing son out on bail

    Wednesday, November 21 2018 12:27 AM EST2018-11-21 05:27:14 GMT

    After posting a $250,000 bail, 92-year-old Richard Peck, who is accused of shooting and killing his son while he slept at their Old Town residence, was released from jail.

     

    After posting a $250,000 bail, 92-year-old Richard Peck, who is accused of shooting and killing his son while he slept at their Old Town residence, was released from jail.

     
  • Rain for wildfire-weary California offers relief and more problems

    Rain for wildfire-weary California offers relief and more problems

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 4:29 AM EST2018-11-20 09:29:01 GMT
    Nov 20, 2018 7:06 PM2018-11-21 00:06:00 GMT

    The scorched Northern California town of Paradise should get its first significant rainfall in six months this week, a forecast that would at least interrupt one of the most horrific fire seasons in state history.

     

    The scorched Northern California town of Paradise should get its first significant rainfall in six months this week, a forecast that would at least interrupt one of the most horrific fire seasons in state history.

     
  • News 8 viewers help therapeutic horses in Ramona

    News 8 viewers help therapeutic horses in Ramona

    Tuesday, November 20 2018 10:22 PM EST2018-11-21 03:22:10 GMT

    News 8 is happy to share an update on a recent story that will make you smile. Last week we told you about the strong winds that blew away all the sand at the Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Facility in Ramona.

     

    News 8 is happy to share an update on a recent story that will make you smile. Last week we told you about the strong winds that blew away all the sand at the Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Facility in Ramona.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.