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Communication and awareness are key to lowering Nevada's suicide rates

People walk along the Las Vegas Strip by cooling misters Thursday, July 13, 2023, in Las Vegas.
John Locher
People walk along the Las Vegas Strip by cooling misters Thursday, July 13, 2023, in Las Vegas.

This episode of KNPR's State of Nevada talks about suicide at length.

If you (or someone you know) are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away.

  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call or text 988 to connect with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Support is also available via live chat. Para ayuda en español, llame al 988.

Every day the news is filled with stories of vehicle deaths and shootings. Las Vegas traffic deaths this year are way over the number of traffic deaths last year. But more people die of suicide in Nevada.

Cases of suicide aren’t reported like car crashes because they aren’t typically public. In 2021, 382 Nevadans died as the result of a vehicle crash, while 691 people killed themselves.

For survivors of suicide loss, it can be difficult to get past and impossible to forget. So is anything new out there in the world of prevention?

As it does every year, the American Association of Suicidology held its annual convention in Las Vegas last week, where they discussed this.

Guests: Mai Tran, area director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — Nevada chapter; Emma White, youth suicide prevention coordinator, Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention 

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Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.