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Report finds suicides rose 40% in Wisconsin since 2000

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 18:27:50-04

MILWAUKEE — A new report found that suicides in Wisconsin rose 40 percent since 2000.

The report “Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact and Response,” comes from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Mental Health America of Wisconsin and the Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

The report found that Wisconsin’s suicide rate rose 40 percent between 2000 and 2017

It also concludes that between 2013 to 2017, suicide rates were highest among people ages 45-54. During the same time, suicide rates were higher in rural counties than urban and suburban counties.

Men are more likely to die by suicide than women, while women are more likely to be hospitalized with self-harm injuries than men. In 2019, 850 Wisconsin residents died by suicide, according to the report.

The study also offered proposals they say could reduce the number of suicides in Wisconsin.

Read the report here.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 800-273-8255.

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