Suicide prevention

“Suicide Prevention – Meet Your First Responders” is an event to be held at the bandstand on the Lincoln County Courthouse lawn on Friday, May 10, beginning at 6 p.m.

The event is being held in response to the alarming suicide rate in Lincoln County.

“Come meet your first responders and law enforcement who care about this county,” said Kay Brewer, board president of Southern Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS.

A Memory Walk will be held, and participants may light a candle in memory of someone they lost to suicide. Wrist bands, printed with “Lincoln County Strong”, will be handed out, and speakers will be on hand to talk about suicide prevention.

According to the Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2019 report, prepared by the Suicide Prevention Network, each day in Tennessee an average of three people die by suicide. As of 2017, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for young people (ages 10-19) in Tennessee, with one person in this age group lost to suicide every week.

In Lincoln County, there were five suicides in 2012, a rate of 14.9 per 100,000 people. During the same year in the State of Tennessee, the rate was 14.8 per 100,000. By 2017, the number of suicides in the state had risen to a rate of 17.3 per 100,000. Lincoln County’s suicide rate for 2017 was much higher than the state average, at 29.6 per 100,000, or 10 suicides that year.

In 2018, the number of suicides doubled in Lincoln County. There were 20 suicides, of which 16 were male and four were female. Three individuals were teenagers, and four were in their 20s.  Ten were ages 30 to 50, and three were senior citizens.

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