Drastic rise in suicidal subjects poses extreme concern

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--There have been four suicides in Franklin County over a course of seven weeks.  Three being students at St. Clair High School, with the most recent suicide on Thursday morning when a 43-year-old female took her life.

While the numbers of suicides have slightly increased, Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke told Quick News Friday morning, “The spike in suicidal subjects and/or attempts drastic increase poses even more concern.”

According to Sheriff Toelke at this time in 2010 there were 7 suicides, 2011 there were 12, and to date this year there have been 10.

The number of suicidal subjects and/or attempted suicides increased from 171 to 185 between 2010 and 2011, which is a 48 percent jump and compared to last year Franklin County has seen a 52 percent increase. (185 to 203)

There have been numerous theories as to the increase from more people suffer from depression or the fact people hear more about school bullying, which has always taken place in schools.

However, could social media and today’s technology be a contributing factor?

Note: Data provided is from Jan. 1 to Nov. 14 of each year.