FAST FIVE: Ohio Suicide Rate Jumps 24% From 2008 To 2017 Amid Deindustrialization Wave
But decades of deindustrialization have left once-thriving communities across the state in ruins.
Some of the highest rates were located in Appalachian Ohio, the southeastern part of the state, and the suicide rate among men was four times greater than women.
Summit's economy experienced deep deindustrialization over the years, leaving surrounding communities in a state of shock.
Lori Criss, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, said the suicide crisis is a significant concern for the State Health Improvement Plan.
“This gives us a chance to really look at those and to grow them in intentional ways to have the impact that we need with specific communities or populations who are at higher risk.” The report shows nine of the 10 Ohio counties with the highest suicide rates are located in the Appalachian region.