Suicide Prevention: Help and Hope Are Available
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. More than 47,500 Americans died by suicide in 2019, and there were more than 1.3 million suicide attempts that same year. In Iowa, the suicide rate has increased each year since 2000. In the first year of the millennium, there were 286 suicide deaths in the state. By 2020, that number had nearly doubled, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data. These statistics are serious, and so, too, is the brain health of anyone who has thoughts of suicide. Untreated brain health stressors can be an underlying factor. In fact, according to Mental Health America, the most common mental health disorders that lead to thoughts of suicide are depression and bipolar disorder, which account for 30 to 70 percent of suicide victims.