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Feeling Depressed? Help Is A Simple Phone Call Away

County’s Suicide Rate Declines In 2014

Staff Report


WATER VALLEY – Although the holidays are supposed to be a time full of joy, good cheer, and optimistic hopes for a new year, many people experience seasonal “blues.”  Whether it’s the seasonal “blues” that’s got you down, or you feel overwhelmed, depressed or agitated, help is just a phone call away,
    This help is offered locally and is available year-round. Contact Communicare’s Water Valley office at 473-3693 during working hours, or for an emergency or after hours, contact Communicare at 662-234-7521 or 1-866-837-7521. Also available to provide help is the Crisis Stabilization Unit in Batesville. This organization can be reached at (662) 563-9176.
    The county has recorded 38 suicides during the last 11 years, according to Yalobusha Coroner Ronnie Stark, who keeps the county statistics. Stark’s report, provided at the request of the Herald, showed 70 percent of these cases were white males; 14 percent were white females; 11 percent were African-American males; and five percent, or two cases, were African-American females.
    This year the county has recorded three suicides, down from six in 2013, which was the second highest rate during the last 11 years. Five cases were also recorded in 2004. The highest number was in 2009, when nine people in the county committed suicide. In 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012, two cases were recorded. In 2006, 2008 and 2010, three cases were recorded.

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