Kelly Schwab, Program Supervisor of the Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas is quoted at a Kitsap Public Health Board presentation.

There’s no ready explanation for the abrupt increase in suicides…The spike might simply be an anomaly.

Suicide rates tend to be lower in cities, Schwab said.

Kitsap has a large population of veterans, a demographic that suffers from an elevated rate of suicide. Schwab said the county also is economically diverse, with affluent and lower-income households living shoulder to shoulder. That dynamic can lead to a feeling of stigma, particularly for young people.

Whatever the contributing factors, Schwab said suicide should not be viewed as an action people choose to take.

“It’s really a symptom of a mental health condition,” he said.

Schwab said more men die from suicide than women, though more women attempt suicide.

Read the full article Kitsap County on pace for most suicides in a year by Tad Sooter at the Kitsap Sun.

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