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Suicide report is released
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MONROE - The Department of Health Services, Mental Health America of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin have released the Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin report, which provides detailed information on suicide deaths and attempts.

The Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin report uses a variety of data sources on suicide deaths and attempts from 2001-2006. It breaks down the information by county, age, sex and circumstances associated with the deaths, such as mental health status, presence of alcohol or drugs and methods utilized.

Key findings from the report include:

• Wisconsin experiences an average of 650 deaths by suicide per year.

• Suicide deaths account for 20,000 years of potential life lost per year (YPLL). This is only slightly less than the YPLL from motor vehicle crashes and is more than twice the YPLL lost from homicides.

• In addition to those who died by suicide, more than 9,000 people are treated in hospitals or emergency departments each year for self-inflicted injuries at a total cost of more than $64 million in 2006 alone.

To view of a copy of the report, go to: