With greater understanding, fewer people would commit suicide, Associate Professor Charles Bernacchio and two co-authors in a just published column in the Portland Press Herald.
Sadly, the rate is increasing.
Between 1999 and 2017, the rate in Maine rose by 27 percent, the three wrote. Nationally, about 45,000 people die each year by suicide. That’s about one death by suicide every 12 minutes.
The column was written alongside psychiatrist Jeffrey Barkin, M.D. and Catherine Ryder of Lewiston-based Tri-County Mental Health Services. Bernacchio serves on the group’s board.
The full opinion story was published on July 19.