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Points North, Ep. 23: Tackling rising suicide rates

Suicide rates vary widely across the U.S. but have increased on average by 33 percent since 1999.

This week on Points North, as suicide rates rise in the United States, local crisis hotlines are shutting down and national ones are taking over. Plus, how northern Michigan schools help students cope with teen suicides.



Community crisis lines shut down amid loneliness epidemic

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In April, the 24/7 Third Level crisis hotline shut down. Now, locals in crisis will be directed to a call center in Grand Rapids.

Suicide rates in the U.S. are the highest since World War II, but across the country, local crisis lines are shutting down. Third Level crisis hotline, based out of Traverse City, was one of them. 

Hear why the hotline shut down and who took over.


Helping students cope with teen suicides

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The suicide rate among U.S. students has increased dramatically over the past decade.

Suicide rates among kids and young adults in the U.S. are climbing too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the suicide rate among 10-19 year olds increased by more than 50 percent in the United States between 2007 and 2016. 

Lauren Oleson, a school psychologist for Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, talks about why suicides are on the rise and what local schools are doing to address it. 


IPR’s Dan Wanschura talks with a school psychologist about helping students cope with teen suicides.

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A day spent tubing on the Manistee, Platte or Pine Rivers can be incredibly relaxing. But there’s a conflict between people who bring alcohol on the river and those who want it banned.

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Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.