FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Fort Wayne - Allen County Health Department reports that in 2017 there were 75 suicides.
That number up 23 from 2016.
Alice Jordan-Miles with the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition says it's troubling that the numbers are rising.
"I think that the reasons why they are getting higher is because there's so many people that are experiencing stress in their life and they're not asking for help," Jorday-Miles said. "They're suffering in silence and they see that that problem is just overcoming them and for some people it's crippling."
Jordan-Miles says Northeast Indiana is fortunate to have things like Parkview Hospital, The Park Center and The Bowen Center just to name a few.
She says the hardest part about having those resources is getting people to utilize them.
"What we need to do is encourage people to get help when their brain is in pain," Jordan-Miles said. "Don't judge them. You know you wouldn't judge someone who had a broken leg. You know walk that journey with them. You know maybe they're just so paralyzed by the pain that they don't have the energy to call a text line or call a 1-800 line."
Jordan-Miles says in a perfect world the number of suicides would be zero.
She says realistically she knows that won't happen but the hope is to not reach the alarmingly high number again and just asks that the Fort Wayne community reaches out to their neighbors.
"We know that so many people, or we have friends, family members who we know that may experience depression and we just don't want to talk about it," Jordan-Miles said. "We just wanna, you know, sweep it under the rug. But it's just like any other illness and if you have a friend or someone you know is suffering please, you know, don't hesitate to get involved."
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.
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