VIDEO: Woman speaks about finding her sister after suicide
Those who have taken their lives have dealt with a wide range of emotions. But the friends and family members who were left behind also experience hardship.
We had the chance to meet a young woman who found her sister after suicide. She says she was so close, yet she had no idea her sister was in such a dark place.
Lindsey Maloney as more on the story in the video above.
An ABC News 4 analysis of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties shows:
- 616 total suicides in all three counties from 2011 to 2016.
- Suicides in all three counties in were up 30 percent in 2016 since 2011.
- Berkeley County suicides doubled from 20 in 2011 to 40 in 2016.
- Since 2012, males outnumber females by a rate of nearly 4 to 1 in all three counties. (407 to 120) ... the national rate is 3.5 times more often than women … females nationally attempt suicide three times more often than males.
- 26 teenager suicides in Charleston and Dorchester Counties from 2012 to 2016. (Berkeley County doesn’t have teen breakdown)
- The average age of suicide victims in Charleston County in 2016 was 41. 78 percent were white. 6 were between the ages of 15-19.
- 56 percent of suicides in Charleston County in 2016 were from firearms. That number is 55 percent in Berkeley County. (National rate is about 50 percent).
- The average age of suicide victims in Dorchester county in 2016 was 43. Four were between the ages of 15 and 17. (No racial breakdown)
- 56 percent of suicide victims in Berkeley County in 2016 were over the age of 40.