Letís talk about suicide. Washingtonís rate of suicide is about 11% higher than the national rate, according to the Washington State Department of Health, with around 15 deaths by suicide for every 100,000 people. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages 10-24, and thousands are impacted by suicide loss every day. Itís time to do something.
Mental Health Awareness Month is coming up in May, but the need for mental health care doesnít stop there. Community organizations like Crisis Clinic work to spread a message of mental wellness that continues beyond the month of May through a variety of programs and services. Receiving over 260,000 calls last year, Crisis Clinic also aims to erase stigma that prevents people from getting access to much-needed care..