AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says the number of drug overdose deaths for 2015 is on track to be similar to last year - the worst on record. She calls that a crisis. But while the state battles drug overdoses, another public health issue is taking even more lives in Maine: suicide.
It was February, two years ago, when Tonya Bailey-Curry of Lewiston found out: Her 21-year-old son Dante had killed himself.
Suicide or thoughts of suicide, know no socio-economic, ethnic, age or geographic boundary. It can, and does impact all strata of society. How warning signs be spotted when someone may be thinking of harming himself? What resources are available for those contemplating suicide and those wanting to help? 16 years ago, the Maine Centers for Disease Control, along with many other agencies and organizations, founded the Maine Suicide Prevention Program. The aim, to take a comprehensive approach to stemming suicide in the state.