The Suicide Crisis

Source: Mike Maciag, Governing, January 2015

The number of suicides in America is growing, particularly in the West, but the issue rarely garners attention from most policymakers. …. In the Suicide Belt, several states are experiencing significantly more deaths than just a few years ago. One primary reason why suicides are more prevalent out West, experts say, is a lack of access to mental health care. In parts of central Utah, providers can be 100 miles away or more. Access to firearms and gun ownership rates are also greater in the region…..