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Calaveras County Looking To Reduce Number Of Suicides

San Andreas, Ca — Calaveras County is forming a Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee with help from Prop. 63 funding, the Mental Health Services Act.

?We believe that any suicide is too many,? says Behavioral Health Services Director Rita Downs. ?Calaveras County has around 9-13 each year, and we would like to have a committee of people that are really passionate about the subject and are willing to work hard and look at the issue.?

Downs says the rural areas typically have the highest rates of suicide, particularly among older adult males and youth. Last year, Calaveras County reported nine suicides, eight of which were male.

According to the State´s Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in California.

For information on how to join the Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee, you can call Christa Thompson at 209-754-2810.

Written by BJ Hansen