by: Steven Sharp, KARK/Ozarks First
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Last year, more than 47,000 people took their own life.
The number of attempts is even higher at 1.3 million.
In Arkansas, the suicide rate is 18.18 per 100,000 people. That’s much higher than the national average of 13.4.
The Arkansas National Guard creating a PSA this holiday season, reminding people of the seriousness of suicide, especially among military members.
According to the VA, there were more than 6,000 veteran suicides each year from 2008 to 2016.
In the video, it shows Arkansas National Guard Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Rice explaining what resources are out there for Arkansans.
“There are several things that you can do if you feel like your problems are too overwhelming. You can call the National Suicide Hotline, you can call Military One Source, or you can text to 741-741 and there is always someone there to help you,” Command Sgt. Maj. Rice said.
The video can be viewed from the Ozarks First Web Page by clicking here.