VIDEO: Suicides Leveling Off, More People Seeking Help

Suicides may be up slightly from the previous year, but the good news is more people are looking for help in preventing them, according to the 2016 report from the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council.

The report shows that calls to the County’s access and crisis line are up and visits to the suicide prevention website are way up.

Suicide is a serious public health concern that cuts across boundaries of socioeconomic class, age, gender, culture, ethnicity.

Michael Krelstein, M.D.

Suicide prevention specialists, doctors, a parent and a disabled veteran spoke Wednesday at the County Administration Center about the report and emphasized the importance of breaking the stigma of suicide and making sure the community knows what resources are available.

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José Eli Villanueva is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.