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What Can Rural Communities Do To Prevent Suicide?

Notes 201806_Rural Communities Sammy Caiola 1x1My name is Sammy Caiola, CapRadio's health care reporter. I’m reaching out to our Amador County members because I want to hear from you.

A few months ago I read an alarming statistic: Amador County has fourth highest suicide rate in California. It’s three times higher than the state average. I’m embarking on a reporting project to learn why — what is going on in Amador that has led so many people to take their own lives? What resources or awareness efforts could better hold the fabric of the community together?

After speaking with county supervisors, nonprofit leaders, county behavioral health staff, community volunteers and the loved ones of people lost to suicide, I have a few ideas. But I need your help to get it right. The most successful interventions are those crafted with input from the people they serve. As a journalist, I see myself as a connector between people providing services and people who need them.

If you would like to help your community raise awareness, if you’d like to help me understand the problem, if you’d like to see friends and neighbors get help, then please share your story using this form. We can change the dialogue around depression and suicide—to show people who are struggling that they are not alone, and that it’s OK to reach out.

I know that talking about this subject may be uncomfortable. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please contact the 24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 916-368-3111 or 800-273-8255 (toll free)

Thank you for your help.