Health department releases new data
BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has released a data brief about suicides in Volusia County. The report shows that Whites accounted for 95 percent (115) of the county’s 121 suicides in 2012. Males were 73 percent of the suicide deaths in 2012.
“This report takes a closer look at the number of suicides in our county, who is committing suicide, what area of the county is being impacted with suicides and the methods of suicide,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County.
Several factors are noted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as causes for suicide including: History of mental disorders, particularly clinical depression; history of alcohol and substance abuse; feelings of hopelessness; impulsive or aggressive tendencies; family history of suicide; loss (relational, social, work, or financial) and physical illness.
“This is certainly tragic news and our hearts go out to the families impacted by suicide. This data can be helpful as our community comes together to find solutions,’’ Sorenson added.
By the numbers
The data looks at specific health information at the sub-county level to gain a greater understanding of the health of the various communities comprising Volusia County:
• Whites accounted for 95 percent (115) of county suicides (121) in 2012; males comprised 73 percent (88) of 2012 suicides. Blacks, Hispanics, Asian and Native Americans make up the remaining 5 percent.
• Most suicides (56 percent) in Volusia County from 2008-2012 were by firearms
• Percentage of suicide by firearms was greater for females (70 percent) than males (56 percent) in 2012
In 2012, data shows that 121 Volusia County residents committed suicide and 418 of the county residents were hospitalized as a result of self-inflicted injuries.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. Information is available online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.