Suicide on the rise in Missouri, Illinois

Suicide stats. Credit: KMOV

( - Following the death of Anthony Bourdain, those who work is suicide prevention say they’re expecting to see an increase in the number of calls.

A recent study shows a dramatic jump in suicides over the past several years. In Missouri, suicides are up more than 36 percent, in Illinois they have increased nearly 23 percent.

In an era of cell phones and when suicide prevention is a Google search away, an expert says as connected as we are, we are probably more isolated than we’ve ever been.

“We’re connected through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but how many of those very real face-to-face relationships are we cultivating where I’m struggling and I can say to you that I’m really hurting,” said Angela Tate with Behavioral Health Response.

High-profile suicides lead to more phone calls to suicide prevention centers and not always right away.

“it could be a month from now or two months,” said Tate.

“I know one of our callers mentioned a celebrity suicide 10-15 years ago that’s still affecting him today,” said Kelly Hall, a crisis intervention clinician.

Despite an increased awareness and more help available than ever before, there is still a stigma attached to reaching out for help.

The following resources are available for someone contemplating suicide:

Behavioral Health Response (in Missouri):




Behavioral Health Response (in Illinois):



Suicide Prevention Text line:


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