In Jefferson County, the steady rate of at least one suicide per year since 2011 is sounding the alarm for raised awareness about mental health.
There are several causes that can lead a person to choose to kill themselves. From struggles with depression to troubles with alcohol and drugs, there is no single cause of suicide that can be pinpointed. Dr. Allen Meyer, psychologist at the Behavioral Medicine Clinic, explained some of the warning signs to look for.
“The biggest predictor of 20 percent of all suicides is alcohol,” said Meyer. “Another big one is mental-health issues, particularly schizophrenia, bipolar, but frequently you'll find alcohol on top of them as well. Sometimes we don't have an explanation.”
While there are several factors one can watch for, resources are available for people who are facing these issues and those who see the warning signs.