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Suicides across Ohio have climbed 45% since 2007

Source: Health Policy Institute of Ohio

Suicides across the state have climbed 45% since 2007, signaling an alarming crisis that is hitting everyone from pre-teens to elderly Ohioans, according to a new report by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) (Source: “Suicides Dramatically Increasing across Ohio, Report Finds,” Hamilton Journal-News, November 13, 2019).

According to the ODH report, between 2007 and 2018, suicide deaths increased 45% among all age groups and by 56% among youths ages 10 to 24, according to state health officials. Over the past dozen years, 18,391 Ohioans have died by suicide.

The most common method of suicide is firearms, followed by hanging and drug overdose, the report said.

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