Illinois lawmakers discuss the problem of suicide, challenge of early detection

 State Sen. Laura Fine (D-Glenview). (Facebook/State Senator Laura Fine)


By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – The problem of suicide – and the challenge of early detection – were before a Senate committee.

It’s especially a problem among Black people, who, senators were told, customarily do not give off warning signs.

“We have so many people who are still afraid to come forward,” said State Sen. Laura Fine (D-Glenview), who said depression can be treated if only people would be less ashamed of it.

“Addressing stigma, addressing shame, is critical,” said Patrick Dombrowski of the Community Counseling Center of Chicago, adding a state-funded prevention program could be best to gain community buy-in.

“Black youth under thirteen years (old) are now twice as likely to die by suicide compared to their white peers,” said Dr. Jennifer Hoffmann of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. “Among high school students, more than one in ten Black youth report that they have attempted suicide.”

The experts spoke to the Senate Healthcare Access and Availability Committee.

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via WJBC AM 1230

March 24, 2021 at 09:42AM

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