New report details the burden of suicide in Wisconsin

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Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- 6:00 p.m.

Suicide continues to be a problem in Wisconsin.

A report that just came out Wednesday compiles data and trends in hopes of finding more ways of prevention.

The report from the Department of Health Services finds that between the years 2007 to 2011, the average number of suicides in Wisconsin was 724.

The highest rate were actually white middle aged men.

Teens and young adults have the highest rates of attempted suicide with the most hospital visits for self-inflicted injuries.

While the leading group is whites, among high-schoolers, we're talking about those of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds and those who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Veterans and those divorced or with less than a high school degree were also high on the list of suicides.

A model called "perfect depression care" is a statewide learning community that addresses these problems. It's part of a national movement known a "zero suicide," which hopes to make suicide viewed as a "never" event.

Organizations that have adopted this culture have seem dramatic reductions in suicides.

You can always call the 24 hot line at 800-273-TALK (8255).