Preventing Suicide This Holiday Season


By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) With the holiday season here, it's a pertinent time to raise awareness about suicide and its symptoms.

And that's what Thursday's Community Cares Panel at the Twin Falls Senior Center is all about. Local advocates led the meeting.

What might seem as an alarming fact is that elderly men currently have the highest suicide rate in the nation. The rate of suicide for men 85 and older is 75 per 100–thousand residents.

The next closest group is the 75 to 84 age group at 52 per 100–thousand.

"One of the kind of myths we have about suicide is that we don't want to talk about it and we certainly don't want to ask somebody if they're having suicidal thoughts and that couldn't be more wrong. So if somebody we know if really struggling, ask them are you struggling? Have you thought about taking your own life? Then we have to stay with them until we can get some help and assistance for them," Lori Stewart, Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office.

There is a grief support group for survivors of suicide that meets on the third wednesday of each month at seven p.m. The sessions are held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Twin Falls.

As for the Community Cares Panels, you can catch the next one on utility services and tax fraud scheduled for January 24th.

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