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Local Study Finds More Behavioral Health Workers Linked To Slight Firearm Suicide Decrease

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Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

A study by Ohio State University researchers shows states that increased the number of behavioral health jobs by ten percent saw a one-point-two percent decrease in suicides by firearms. 

The study is based on a comparison of national suicide data with behavioral health employment data from 2005-2015.  Study co-author Tom Wickizer:

Wickizer says health-care providers also can play a role in reducing firearm deaths:

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The study estimates it would take more than 15 million dollars in mental-health workforce dollars to prevent one firearm suicide in Ohio.  The study is published in the October issue of the journal called Health Affairs.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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