Calls to Suicide Hotlines on the Rise 

Bangor police are now confirming that a man who died at Weber Mortgage on Broadway yesterday, committed suicide.There are reports that the bad economy was a motivating factor for the man.In fact, the recession might be a reason for an increase in calls to suicide hotlines across the country.Traffic came to a halt on a section of Broadway in Bangor Monday afternoon as a robot and a tactical team made their way into the Weber Mortgage building. A man had called a friend threatening to take his own life. It ended when authorities discovered the man’s body. He died of a self inflicted gunshot wound.”Really at that moment they can’t come up with anything but that option.” Dr. David Prescott of Acadia Hospital says the victim in this case had several of the top risk factors for people who complete suicide.He was a man, caucasian, over the age of 55 who suffered a huge loss. Reports out, suggest the man was upset over the bad economy.”One of the big worries we’ve had in the mental health profession is there’s some pretty clear evidence as far back as the great depression in the 30’s that when an economic downturn happens that obviously people’s stress levels go up and one of the things you start to see is a climb in the suicide rate”During this current recession, suicide hotlines are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking help. In some cases, they’re up as much as 30 percent.Most of the people who do contemplate taking their own life, have a history of mental health problems, money worries can make matters worse.Dr. Prescott says that high stress can diminish a person’s ability to solve problems, so they need to reach out.”Talking about it is often the first step to solving the problem and even though to you at the moment, there’s gonna seem like there’s no good options, they really are out there.”If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call one of these hotlines for help.Adult Crisis Line: 1-888-568-1112Teen Crisis Line: 1-800-499-9130..Acadia Hospital: 1-800-640-1211… There are trained professionals available 24 hours a day who can help you.