This Monday morning, MagicValley.com of Times-News reports of another suicide off the Twin Falls' Perrine Bridge. Just last week the body of 22 year old male, Christopher Combs was recovered from the Snake River Canyon it was identified that he jumped off the bridge to commit suicide.
At this time the Sheriff's office is investigating the incident and speaking to witness' at the scene.
There is a very high suicide rate in Southern Idaho reports MagicValley.com of Times-News,
In 2011, Idaho ranked sixth in the nation. Out of the 284 suicides, 34 of them occurred in South - Central Idaho. The Snake Canyon River has been the site of numerous suicides over the past decade.
Earlier this year, a sign was placed on the bridge reading Need Hope? Call 1-800-273-8255, the Suicide Hotline.
Is this enough? Absolutely not.
Below are some warning signs that your child or teen may be in trouble (WebMD.com):
- Making suicidal statements.
- Being preoccupied with death in conversation, writing, or drawing.
- Giving away belongings.
- Withdrawing from friends and family.
- Having aggressive or hostile behavior.
- Other warning signs can include:
- Neglecting personal appearance.
- Running away from home.
- Risk-taking behavior, such as reckless driving or being sexually promiscuous.
- A change in personality (such as from upbeat to quiet).
It is extremely important that parents, community members, teachers, staff, pastors, etc take all threats of suicide seriously and seek immediate treatment for the child or teenager. Under the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance plans will cover preventive mental health services, including screening tests for depression and alcohol misuse, at no cost to you.
If you are a child or teen and have these feelings, talk with your parents, an adult friend, or your doctor right away to get some help.
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