Trumbull County has seen a steady increase in suicides over recent years.
April Caraway, with the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, said the numbers have gone up every year since 2014.
That year, 30 people took their own lives. The problem has increased to 40 people last year. Of those, 33 were male.
Over half of all victims used drugs or alcohol before they died.
Caraway said in Trumbull County, men are much more likely to commit suicide than women, but they’re not likely to reach out for help. So the county is trying to reach out to them through humor.
“Our campaign through our suicide coalition is called ‘Man Therapy’ and we’re really trying to reach out to men to encourage them to get help,” she said.
Help Network of Northeast Ohio can connect people with life-saving services. Caraway said the goal of the campaign is to help take away the stigma of depression and suicide.
If you are considering suicide, please call:
- Mahoning and Trumbull counties: 330-747-2696
- Columbiana County: 330-424-7767
- East Palestine, Sebring, Beloit and west Columbiana County: 1-800-427-3606
For resources on mental health, substance abuse, special needs and more, visit Help Network’s website.
If you don’t live in Northeast Ohio, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.