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Combating A Growing Suicide Rate In Tuolumne County

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Sonora, CA – This weekend’s Mother Lode Views will look at the important issue of suicide.

The numbers are growing in Tuolumne County and we have a panel of guests joining us to talk about the statistics, prevention, actions being taken in response, and what services are available locally. Our guests include Bob White who is ATCAA’s Director of Prevention Programs and the Yes Partnership, Tuolumne County’s Superintendent of Schools Cathy Parker – and Tuolumne County’s Behavioral Health Director Michael Wilson. He notes that nationally the rate of suicides is 14 per 100,000. While California’s rate is lower at about 10 per 100,000. Wilson adds the county’s rate is alarming, detailing, “It’s four times that number and one more than the state average would be alarming but to be four times the state average begs this type of attention.”

Mother Lode Views airs Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:30 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML. Mother Lode Views can also be heard Sunday morning at 10 o’clock on 93.5 KKBN and at 9 a.m. on STAR 92.7.

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Of note, today is also the Hope & Honor Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness. Click here for details.