POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 5:58pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 10:47am
EDINBURG - Every year across America almost 30,000 people commit suicide. And 70% of those people tell someone or give warning signs.
That's why this year the Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance is having their first ever Free Suicide Risk Screening.
The screenings are open to all members of the community. The screening is just a short questionnaire that helps physicians determine whether or not the individual is showing suicidal tendencies.
Doctor's said suicide has increased over the years, but studies show the group demographics on Who is committing suicide has changed.
"It used to be, when we spoke about suicide, it was the older, white male that maybe with some comorbid medical problem, or some sort of loss, of a spouse for example, or health, would be the prototype for someone who would commit suicide. But now what we are seeing is an increase in the teenage population," said Dr. Jose Igoa, Renaissance Psychiatry Doctor.
If you are having thought of suicide please call 362-HELP (362-4357). If you have a question for the Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance please call 362-7555 or visit their website at www.dhr-rgv.com