GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Brown County has averaged nearly one suicide per week this year, raising fresh concerns from a local suicide-prevention coalition.
There have been 28 suicides in the county through August, which is one more than all of 2011, the Press-Gazette Media reported. At that pace there would be 42 by the end of the year, topping the peak of 40 suicides from 2007.
"We're seeing a trend again that we don't like," county medical examiner Al Klimek said.
A suicide-prevent coalition that was put together in 2007 has begun stepping up its efforts to address factors that can lead to suicide.
The efforts include educational outreach to groups and residents throughout the city. Coalition members offer training sessions to help people recognize signs that someone might be suicidal, and let them know where they can refer individuals who need help.
More than 8,500 people in the community have been trained in the program, Klimek said.
Crisis Center of Family Services provides professional short-term counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over the past 18 months the center has averaged 170 face-to-face meetings per month related to suicide, program director Tana Koss said. That's a 25 percent increase over other years.
"We see more family and friends bringing loved ones in for services," Koss said. "That tells me there's a heightened awareness that suicide happens in our community and it needs to be taken seriously."
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