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York County experiences high suicide rate

Category: PA Community NewsPublished on 2012 Sep, 17

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Two women who lost children to suicide talked about what they experienced.


Alarms are sounding in York County over the high number of suicide cases.

Southern Community Services and the Penn-Mar Human Services held an awareness event for families on Thursday.

"I don't want any parent to go through what I went through," said Lisa Benkert.

"Suicide is so painful. It's just losing a child. There's no other greater pain that I know of," said Lucy Cadwallader.

The York County women told their stories on Thursday at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

"I never realized how high the statistics are coming in," Benkert said.

Penn-Mar Human Services said that in 2011, York County ranked sixth in the state in reported suicides. Suicide is currently the leading cause of traumatic death in the county, and not just civilians -- more veterans have died by suicide than have been killed in combat.

A candlelight vigil was held for veterans Thursday at Prospect Hill Cemetery, shedding light on tragedy that many say doesn't need to happen.

"Suicide is absolutely preventable. It is 100 percent preventable," said Rebecca May-Cole, chairwoman of the PA Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition.

She said many times, suicide is the result of long-term mental illness and can be reversed if taken seriously.

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