MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle said the suicide section of her preliminary annual report for 2009 will surprise and alarm many.



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4 Responses to “Number of suicides jumps significantly”

  1. John C. Davidson

    Miriam, Long ago, when the Knox Community Hospital was more concerned about this community, they provided a wing for those with emotional needs, evidently, it isn’t profitable.

  2. Darn Shame

    As America gets less competitive,as we get more & more unfriendly to business,suicides will increase. Too darn bad too. We could be better off. How much of this increase is due to economic stresses?

  3. miriam st. jean

    John, I don’t think anyone is surprised – am glad the News did a story on this to confirm what we’ve already “known.” Would like to see a follow-up with the numbers of calls to Moundbuilders from individuals threatening suicide included……as well as the number of calls to 911 regarding fear of a friend, family member, or other’s mental health and potential for suicide. Only then will we see the “whole picture.” As Dr. Ogle stated, “If they had just given it one more day” – I can’t imagine the feeling of lonliness and despair these individuals felt….and I would hope that if any of my family or friends were feeling that kind of despair that I’d be able to be aware, and be able help them in some way.

  4. John C. Davidson

    This doesn’t surprise me one bit. I attended a few seminars and came away from them with a heavy heart; listening to elitist fools more interested in re-hashing complaints from troubled indiduals so they had new material to write a thesis on abnormal behavior, while offering no solutions to the persons problems. No one wants to deal with conflicts, but at some point, if unchecked, it has disastorous effects. (If you encounter a short circuit, locate it and correct it.)

    The local Knox County Mental Health office is nothing but a referral service, usually far away.