The number of suicides in Lee County has tripled in the past year, and mental health experts believe they know what's driving the increase. They say it's just a tragic sign of the times because people are struggling to make ends meet and feel they have nothing left to live for.
Virginia Cervasio, of C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention, lost her son to suicide two years ago. Since then, she's made prevention her mission, starting C.A.R.E.S. as Southwest Florida's only suicide-specific help center.
She says the trend is alarming. Foreclosure rates are at an all-time high and economic stress is creating a feeling that there's no way out.
"The age group that we're seeing, the majority age group of suicides is between ages 30 and 60-years-old. We believe the economy has a lot to do with it," said Cervasio. "People are losing their homes. They're losing everything that they worked for, for all their life."
Greenspan's Body Count: Unsung Victims
While Greenspan's Body Count officially stands at thirty-seven, the true count is far, far higher. Most suicides don't receive press attention. But this report from Florida's Lee County illustrates that the unknown victims are significant in number:
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