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Suicide rates continue to rise nationwide, Upstate

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Suicide rates continue to increase nationwide, Upstate (FOX Carolina/ Jan. 30, 2018) Suicide rates continue to increase nationwide, Upstate (FOX Carolina/ Jan. 30, 2018)
CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Depression has many faces and maybe that's why Becky Kay didn't recognize it right away.

"It takes each of us our own individual time to heal," Kay said.

She had gone through so much, her son Mike died in a car wreck in 1997 and her son, Bobby, killed himself.

"He was a mountain climber and a back packer. So, he loved being in the mountains. He was going to build a log cabin," Kay said."There were plans made and that was on Thursday and he was dead on Saturday."

Suicide is something she never expected.

"At the time he completed his life, he was 34," Kay said."That is a more gentle word- they completed their life, they did not commit a sin."

She now believes she saw signs. 

"There had been 8 months of losing a brother and losing his dad," Kay said.

She turned her pain into power. She's now a facilitator with Mental Health America of Greenville County. She helps others deal with their grief related to suicide.

"Please talk to someone. It is not hopeless," Kay said.

Administrators with Mental Health America just received new statistics 1 and 4 people in the country will develop a men a mental health condition like depression before the age of 14. 

"They need to know that other people have felt that way and have gone on to lead successful, normal lives," Kay said.

That's why volunteers work 24-7 crisis line and a TEENline and those who need help can text too.

"They are trained, so they speak their language," Kay said.

Mental Health America administrators and coroners say suicide rates continue to rise statewide and in counties like Greenville and Cherokee.

"There is hope, there is help," Kays said.

If you know someone who is depressed or suicidal call Mental Health America of Greenville County at (864) 467-3344 or call the 24-hour crisis hotline at (864) 271-8888. The TEENline (864) 467-8336 (TEEN). Text TEENline to 83863.

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