Suicide Is Top Violent Death In Arkansas

ADH

There were 621 people who died by suicide in Arkansas in 2017, making it the leading cause of violent death in Arkansas in that year. The Arkansas Department of Health and partners want Arkansans to know there is help and hope.

ADH and the Attorney General’s office came together this morning at the onset of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week to discuss the state’s efforts to reduce the number of suicide-related deaths at an event at the State Capitol.

Dr. Nathaniel Smith, ADH Director and State Health Officer, spoke in detail about the public health impact of suicide, including the steps the ADH is taking to combat the high rate of suicides in the state. These steps include training community leaders and educators about how to help prevent suicides and running campaigns like “Let’s Talk About It,” which promotes the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.    MORE

 

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