The rates of suicides in Ohio increased by 24% between 2008 and 2017, according to a new study conducted by Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health.
There were 15,246 suicides deaths in Ohio over that 10-year span, for an average annual rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
Rates also increased 80% among children 14 and younger and 57% for Ohioans 60 and older, according to the report released Monday.
Among those details are that the highest rates of suicide are in Appalachian counties and the suicide rate among men is four times higher than women.
Researchers estimate that Ohioans lost 526,501 years of life over the decade.
The report indicates that nine of the 10 Ohio counties with the highest average annual suicide rates are in the Appalachian region as defined by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center. The other county in the top 10 is Trumbull County, which is located in northeastern Ohio but considered part of Appalachia by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Among other report findings: the highest average annual suicide rates were among white Ohioans; rate increases were more significant in rural and suburban areas than in Appalachian and metropolitan areas, and firearms accounted for about half of all suicides.
For help, reach Ohio’s 24/7 Crisis Text Line, by texting 4HOPE to 741741.
By phone, contact the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445; the Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-294-3300; or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255/TALK (or 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish speakers).