Suicide in St. Clair County, Illinois - 2006-16: Recommendations and Strategies towards Improved Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention Measures

  • Olivia N. Johnson Illinois State Representative of the National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team; Backstoppers

Abstract

Suicide is a significant public health concern affecting virtually every demographic. Case files from the St. Clair County, Illinois, Coroner’s Office classified as suicide between 2006-16 were examined. The data will assist in developing future prevention measures specific for at-risk populations within St. Clair County. Despite countless efforts towards suicide awareness on both state and national levels, suicide rates have failed to decline. More attention must be placed on prevention efforts and more state and federal monies must be allocated to address this serious and growing health concern. Community involvement is essential on numerous levels to confront the multifaceted nature of suicide.

Keywords: Illinois, mental health, St. Clair County, suicide, suicide prevention

 

Author Biography

Olivia N. Johnson, Illinois State Representative of the National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team; Backstoppers
Dr. Olivia Johnson holds a master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership Management from the University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies. Dr. Johnson is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a former police officer, and published author. She belongs to numerous professional organizations and currently holds a three-year term with the St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Alliance as a Suicidology Researcher. Dr. Johnson speaks on wellness and resilience for the Bureau of Justice VALOR Program and is on the Advisory Board regarding curriculum review for de-escalation training and techniques. Dr. Johnson is an Adjunct Professor for Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois, and currently works as a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. 
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Original Research