(Ventura County, Ca) With an abundance of national and international news on depression, Ventura County citizens are wise to look at local statistics obtained from a 2014-2016 study.
According to Ventura County Public Health, for every 100,000 people in Ventura County, we experience 10.9 suicide deaths per year. With a population just over 854,000, this translates to an estimated 93 suicides in the area per year.
According to agency information, “Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, presenting a major, preventable public health problem. More than 33,000 people kill themselves each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but suicide deaths only account for part of the problem. An estimated 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death, and those who survive suicide may have serious injuries, in addition to having depression and other mental problems.
Other repercussions of suicide include the combined medical and lost work costs on the community, totaling to over $30 billion for all suicides in a year, and the emotional toll on family and friends.
Men are about four times more likely than women to die of suicide, but three times more women than men report attempting suicide. Suicide occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among adults 75 years and older.”
Utilizing these metrics, this data suggests that attempted suicides in Ventura County may be as high as 2,316 per year. With the recent Thomas Fire, numbers could be higher. According to the National Institute of Health, suicide rates often increase for four years following natural disaster.
According the the U.S. Census, Ventura County is home to more than 43,000 veterans and more than 124,000 people over the age of 65. According to the Veterans Administration, “Of the 20 suicides a day that we reported last year, 14 are not under VA care.”
If you or someone you know are struggling with depression and need help, you can call (866) 998-2243 or visit http://www.vchca.org/suicide-prevention
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