2018 Record Year for Clallam County Suicides

Clallam and Jefferson counties saw increases in suicides in 2018 compared to 2017 as 44 North Olympic Peninsula residents died of self-inflicted harm over the 12-month period,

That according to coroner’s office records.

KBDB Morning News 1/8/19

Clallam County ended 2018 with a 54-year-old Forks man’s Dec. 30 death by gunshot and a record number of 31 suicides for the year compared to 23 in 2017 — also a record year.

Less than a week later, Clallam County began 2019 with the Jan. 4 death of a 54-year-old Sequim man by a possible drug overdose.

Clallam County’s rate of suicides per 100,000 population is 41, Jefferson’s 42. That’s nearly 3 times the statewide average of 14.8 per 100,000 individuals for 2016,

  The Clallam County Board of Health will discuss plans to form a suicide task force at the board’s Jan. 15 meeting, county Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry Unthank said Monday.