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