GREENFIELD — Each year in the United States, more people die at their own hands than at the hands of others.
Suicide has become the 11th leading cause of death – ahead of 15th-ranked homicide.
“It’s a problem everywhere,” said Kara Harrison, director of Mental Health America of Hancock County.
Hancock County is not immune. While there are no statistics on the rate of suicide countywide, Harrison said the issue does not discriminate. It is happening here, she said, and it’s time to do something about it.
“We’re trying to do more suicide prevention before it becomes a larger problem.”
As part of MHA’s celebration of Mental Health Month, Harrison is offering free suicide prevention training from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 7 at the Hancock County Public Library.