2009 U.S. suicide rate highest in 15 years; 600 Ky. teens in 2010

The year 2009 had the highest number of suicides in 15 years, data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate.

Between 2008 and 2009, the suicide rate increased 2.4 percent, with 36,909 suicide deaths nationwide. In 2008, 13.4 percent of people who committed suicide had either job or money issues, reports research-reporting service Newswise. Numbers are expected to rise, with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reporting a 14 percent increase in call volume between 2010 and 2011.
Between 2008 and 2009 about 8.3 million adults (nearly 4 percent of the U.S. adult population) said they had serious thoughts about suicide in the past year, CDC data show. More than 2.2 million adults reported making plans for suicide in the past year and more than 1 million adults said they attempted suicide in the past year. (Read more)
About 600 Kentucky teens died by suicide last year, reports Jennifer Hewlett for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
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