Clallam County has had 51 deaths from suicide between 2008 and 2010, according to a community health assessment issued in 2012.
2008-10, the rate for Clallam County was 20.9 per 100,000 people, much higher than
the state rate of 13.4 per 100,000, and the national rate of 13 per 100,000 people.
rate in Jefferson County for the same time period was 10.2 per 100,000 people.
Though these figures seem to be disputed every time they are mentioned here, that doesn't change the fact that they are facts. Clallam County has a suicide rate that is edging close to being twice the national average, as well as the state average.
It's not hard to fathom, really. Poverty, drug abuse, poor schools, few opportunities, all mixed together into a potent and poisonous brew in an isolated community. And speaking of isolation...
increases the risk of suicide, said Rebekah Miller, development coordinator for Peninsula Bahavioral Health.
the value of listening.
Which brings us back again to the sad story that has been told here many times, and was just brought up again in the past few days. You know, the one about concerned and caring Cherie Kidd coldly listening to a woman pour her heart out...And sitting silently, doing nothing. Nothing. Listening only has value, of course, if it's heartfelt, and followed up with some sort of action or response. You know, doing something. But all Cherie could offer was nothing.
So, to the list of risk factors above add another item: Spendthrift, out-of-touch politicians who fritter away the future of their community in order to stroke their own ego, and/or pad their own pocketbook.
But obviously - very obviously - Cherie and her fellow travelers don't really care. They've realized that blood money spends as good as any other kind.