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A rural pocket of Northern California is seeing some of the highest rates of suicide in the state. We’re exploring the mental health crisis in Amador County, and what’s being done to solve it.

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A rural pocket of Northern California is seeing some of the highest rates of suicide in the state. We’re exploring the mental health crisis in Amador County, and what’s being done to solve it.

    E4: One County's Fight To Save Lives

    E4: One County's Fight To Save Lives

    Amador County residents and social service providers say there’s a serious lack of services and awareness around mental illness in the community. They’re planning to use a special cache of leftover state funding to solve the problem.

    E3: When Loneliness Becomes Life-Threatening

    E3: When Loneliness Becomes Life-Threatening

    Chronic loneliness is a health issue that presents a threat of early death equal to obesity. It can slow down the brain and drive people into deep depression. And it’s a major suicide risk, especially for seniors. One-third of all people who took their lives in Amador County between 2010 and 2017 were over age 60. 

    E2: Dying To Get Out

    E2: Dying To Get Out

    Many young people say they don’t have a healthy way to express feelings of being trapped and misunderstood. And teens who live in remote places are more likely to seek a fatal escape.

    E1: The 'S' Word

    E1: The 'S' Word

    "Tough it out" is sort of a mantra in Amador County, a rural community southeast of Sacramento.

    It has the third-highest suicide rate of any county in California — nearly three times higher than the state average. In this first part of our Rural Suicide project, CapRadio Health Care Reporter Sammy Caiola meets a mother who grapples with suicidal impulses and explores several key factors that are contributing to the crisis.

    Coming Soon: Let's Talk About Suicide

    Coming Soon: Let's Talk About Suicide

    What if you felt like the walls of your own life were closing in on you, but you were afraid to tell anyone? Or didn’t know where to go for help? It’s happening to lots of people in rural pockets of California, where suicide rates are nearly three times higher than the state average. And very few people are talking about it. That’s why CapRadio health reporter Sammy Caiola has been visiting one small California county for the past six months: to find out why people are killing themselves, and how to stop it. Look for all four episodes next week and learn more at CapRadio.org/RuralSuicide.

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