Suicide Rates In Montgomery County Below Average | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Suicide Rates In Montgomery County Below Average

Play associated audio

The suicide rate in Montgomery County is below the national average, but leaders warn suicide awareness is also low and is something on which they would like to improve.

Dr. Raymond Crowell is the head of the county's behavioral health and crisis services. He says suicide prevention efforts in the county are working, at least when compared to the national average.

"The average suicide rate is somewhere around 11 per 100,000. Our rate is down around 7 per 100,000. So we're not doing too badly," says Crowell. "I think it's still important to note though that the suicide rate for Montgomery County is still higher than either the homicide rate or the rate or pedestrian fatalities."

Pedestrian safety has been the focus of many public awareness campaigns in the county, but the same can't be said for suicide prevention efforts. Dr. Crowell wants that to change. One area of particular concern is the rising number of suicides among the elderly, which Crowell attributes to this statistic.

"Usually in younger populations, only 1 in 100 suicide attempts are successful," says Crowell. "In the elderly population, it's 1 in 4."

Crowell says awareness needs to rise in two groups: "We need the families of the elderly to be more aware in changes in their emotional state at home and how they're getting around. We also need our primary care physicians to pay more attention to the mood and changes in the mood of our elderly."

A racial breakdown of the county's suicide rate shows that whites are almost two times more likely to commit suicide than other races.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, you are encouraged to contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center at 240-777-4000 or the 24-hour Montgomery County Suicide Hotline at 301-738-2255.

NPR

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?
NPR

Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.
NPR

North Carolina Senate Race Shapes Up As Unpopularity Contest

One of the most expensive Senate races this year is in North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagen is trying to keep her job. Her approval numbers are dismal, but so are those for her GOP opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.
NPR

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.