An alarming report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the suicide rate in this country has risen nearly steadily between 1999 and 2014. While the groups with the greatest percentage of increases are girls aged 10-14 and men aged 45-64 years of age, suicide is now one of the top ten leading causes of death in every age group between 10 and 64 years of age. In hopes of preventing suicide, everyone is urged to take note of the factors that can raise the risk of suicide. These include feelings of loneliness; physical illness; and a history of mental illness, alcohol abuse, or drug abuse. Any notice of these factors should prompt concern.


Clearly, if you are having suicidal thoughts, you need to call a hotline right away. But don’t wait until there’s a crisis. If you are wrestling with depression, please call Plains Area Mental Health. Our counselors provide the safe space and proven techniques that you need to help lift your depression. We can also help you if you are dealing with drug abuse, stress, depression, or grief. You deserve to be healthy again.  Call one of our offices today or visit our website for a free online assessment at



P.S. A study led by the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) National Center for PTSD reveals that nearly 14 percent of veterans have had suicidal thoughts at some point over the past two years.