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Today on Your Call: What do we know about suicide and why are the rates rising?


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the underlying factors of suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year, more than 38,000 Americans take their own lives. Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade. What explains this? What are the warning signs and what can be done to prevent suicide? Join the conversation and call in with your questions on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Courtney Brown, hotline coordinator for the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline

Charis Stiles, manager of the Friendship Line for the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention, which part of the Institute on Aging in San Francisco 

Melissa Nau, assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and Psychiatry Emergency Services Director at  San Francisco General Hospital

Web Resources:

San Francisco Suicide Prevention

Crisis Support Services

Boston Globe: Harvard study finds a gun in the home increases risk of suicide

CDC: National Suicide Statistics at a Glance: Suicide Rates* Among Persons Ages 10 Years and Older, by Race/Ethnicity and Sex, United States, 2005–2009

Native New Network: Indian reservations battle high teenage suicide rates

NY Times: Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.

NPR: How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

 SF Examiner: Psychiatric patients increasing in S.F. hospitals, putting a strain on the system