County suicide rates highest since 1990

County suicide rates highest since 1990

There are 34 comments on the Times Standard story from Jan 13, 2008, titled County suicide rates highest since 1990. In it, Times Standard reports that:

More Humboldt County residents killed themselves at a higher rate in 2007 than in any of the previous 16 years, and the majority of the deceased tend to be older people.

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MC ME

San Jose, CA

#1 Jan 13, 2008
A complex problem?.. A good place to start is having No Medical Coverage.. So the way it is here in the USA is if you have money your life is worth something.You have more of a right to live. You get the help needed.. And if you don't have money then the heck with you.. That seem about right?
We very much care if the house down the street or your home is on fire and the department comes to put it out..All is good and wonderful. It's covered by taxes and expected.. So if a person across the street has a heart attack then he stands a very good chance of dieing once they get to the hospital and we don't care about that.. Humans need caring of each other.. Just a touch from someone else who seems to care and is there to help saves so many lives.
Sar Kazm

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jan 13, 2008
That being the case, you might not find any suicides from illegal aliens; perhaps because they're the ones getting free medical care.
Annonymous

United States

#3 Jan 13, 2008
Well put and quite true MC.
Remember when we used to be able to heat our homes at 72 degrees in the winter? Then the first crunch hit and we we had to lower the thermostat to 68. Those crunches keep hitting us. Today 68 degrees is a dream. This year we can keep the house de-iced but that's it. Meanwhile the basics of life just keep getting more expensive. Next year will we be able to de-ice the house at all? Heck with the doctor's visit or the prescription or other basics. Somethin's gotta give and we're tired of it being us all the time. UNCLE!
Mike

United States

#4 Jan 13, 2008
Em... all this fixation on suicide. Is there a "real" problem in Humboldt County? After all, how many of those suicide persons had alcohol/drugs in their system at the time of their death? What was their criminal track record prior to their self demise? Was the suicide a result of mental illness, drug abuse, or living in Humboldt County?

Could be budget time again? Stirring it up for more funding?

Guess I could see where that would be stressful. After all, looking at the same trees year after year and not much more eye candy could cause one to loose it.

Buck-up, me maties!
maria

Millville, CA

#5 Jan 13, 2008
"Humboldt County -- a rural, economically disadvantaged area along California's North Coast "

My Favorite local false mantra.
Why do people want this to be so? It isn't.
Humboldt unemployment 6%, California Unemployment 5.5%, US unemployment 5.9%.
But the constant "this is a depressed economy" rings over and over. Go ahead and think so, everyone I know is doing great, so all the more for us optimists.

“HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE”

Since: Dec 07

McKinleyville

#6 Jan 13, 2008
Lest us not forget the doozy,"MENTAL ANGUISH."

Jeffrey Lytle
McKinleyville - 5th District
Hello Re-tards

United States

#7 Jan 13, 2008
The suicide rate is high because people keep getting screwed over. One fellow killed himself after the City of Arcata gave away his home to scammers, another person killed himself after he found out that he couldn't support himself and wasn't poor enough to get government help. Want to know how come the unemployment rate is so low? First off, if you haven't found work after so long, you lose unemployment and you get reclassified, and there is a very high rate of disability in this County as well.
Also the sub-standard wages don't help at all.
jason

Lubbock, TX

#8 Jan 13, 2008
Sar Kazm wrote:
That being the case, you might not find any suicides from illegal aliens; perhaps because they're the ones getting free medical care.
I suspect that the suicide rate among illegal immigrants would be quite low, but not for the reason you provide (illegal immigrants are shower to use public services less, per capita, than citizens).
I would suspect that illegal immigrants suffer less from depression than the general population. The reason? Perspective. These are people that left a much WORSE situation behind them for the promises America has to offer. They see themsleves as being on the path to a better future. The depressed feel hopeless about thier situation. They are not empowered to do something about it.
Truthfully, the lowest classes in the US are generally better of than the middle class of where the immigrants are coming from. They just have no perspective on what a difficult life can be. I don't.
That is why illigal immigrants likely have a lower suicide rate than citizens.
jason

Lubbock, TX

#9 Jan 13, 2008
maria wrote:
"Go ahead and think so, everyone I know is doing great, so all the more for us optimists.
Here are some statistics to help understand the situation:
http://co.humboldt.ca.us/planning/demograp/
http://www.humboldt.edu/~indexhum/links.htm
http://www.humboldt.edu/~indexhum/current.htm

I think you have two good points.

One is that there are people do 'well' in Humboldt County. But I think that this is a matter of perspective and that explains the disagreement between the 'economically depressed' mantra and what you see. We do well for a rural economy, such as Oregon. But since California is thought of as a metropolitan economy, that is the standard we are held too. This has practical implications too, as our housing market is tied to the state. Therefor we end up with a grossly inflated market with 13% affordability.

You second point, which is great, is that optomism leads to success.
Leon Slanderson

Crescent City, CA

#10 Jan 13, 2008
Take a few scumbags with you before you go. Think of it as Community Service. There's a better world out there, I learned about it in school. Children live there and everybody is happy. Peace, Love, Protect the Youth!
bbq

Arcata, CA

#11 Jan 13, 2008
suicide = lower unemployment rate
maria

Millville, CA

#12 Jan 14, 2008
Hello Re-tards wrote:
Want to know how come the unemployment rate is so low? First off, if you haven't found work after so long, you lose unemployment and you get reclassified,
all.
Which would also apply to rates elsewhere, so comparing rates is still valid.
I don't know anyone who is seriously looking for work who can't find it. I know of many many places that can't find good help. My 20 year old son who didn't graduate HS has been employed since he was 17, full time since he was 18. He is on his second job and they are begging him to come back to his first job because they can't find decent help.
Sounds like

United States

#13 Jan 14, 2008
You raised a winner maria. McDonalds loves people on the lifer program.
Smarty Marty

Sacramento, CA

#14 Jan 14, 2008
MC ME is way off base. Look up EMTALA laws and you will see that you will get treatment no matter your ability to pay.
jason

Lubbock, TX

#15 Jan 14, 2008
maria wrote:
<quoted text>My 20 year old son who didn't graduate HS has been employed since he was 17, full time since he was 18.
Please encourage him to finish school and perhaps gain some higher education. The job market fluctuates, and a good education will hedge against hard times. Over the course of his life he will make almost a million more dollars just by completing high school, compared to a high school drop out.
Rey

Arcata, CA

#16 Jan 14, 2008
Befor you go be shure to make out a will, nobody likes probate...
Rey

Arcata, CA

#17 Jan 14, 2008
More casinos, more misery, more suicide........good luck and don't squander their inheritance...
THG

Croatia

#18 Jan 24, 2008
ok so ive read alot of goverment websites and all there stats and bla bla bla....me and friends are looking to move to eureka to open a new headshop/cafe and night club..is there a big amount of these in the area?
I do agree with the optimists in life if you think it will work then your make it work no matter what.
Martin

Arcata, CA

#19 Jan 24, 2008
Smarty Marty wrote:
MC ME is way off base. Look up EMTALA laws and you will see that you will get treatment no matter your ability to pay.
Where in Eureka do you get "treatment?" There is not even a detox center if you want to get off of drugs.

Stop lying about this Marty. Or to be civil, maybe you aren't lying but just completely clueless and are spouting things that have been told to you.

“Cons Fear Everything!!”

Since: Jan 08

Portland, Or

#20 Jan 24, 2008
Most suicides have nothing to do with personal misfortune. But then again, if I was stuck in a place like Humboldt is now with people like Heather, Mike and the rest of the vile, hate-filled Cons that polute these boards, I'd probably think about killing myself too.

Now if only there was some way to get the Cons in Humboldt to off themselves in a mass suicide. Humboldt and the world would be much better off, that's for sure.

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