Whatever the reason, the number of suicides occurring in Lebanon County this year has local officials concerned.
Thirteen people committed suicide in Lebanon County last year, one more than in 2009. Now, only midway through 2011, 13 people have already taken their lives, according to coroner Dr. Jeffrey Yocum. That number is on pace to top the record 19 suicides recorded in 2008.
“Crisis is seeing more suicidal people, mainly due to the economy and particularly due to bath salts,” said Carol Saltzer, executive director of Crisis Intervention. “I just want the message out there that there is hope and help.”
This increase in suicides and attempted suicides is why the Lebanon County Suicide Prevention Task force is ramping up its efforts to address the issue.