Latest suicide rates: mixed trend

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BENTON/FRANKLIN COUNTIES - It’s a tragic trend - a person wanting to end their life. KEPR learned our local suicide rate is a mixed trend.

The number of confirmed suicides in Franklin County dropped from 14 in 2011 to three last year.

It’s a different story in Benton County – where there were six more cases year-to-year. Counselors and detectives tell us they’re not surprised.

“It seemed like when the economy first took a downturn, the suicide rate did increase a little bit. But in the last couple of years – it’s seemed to have stabilized and probably went down to normal,” said Franklin County Detective Jason Nunez.

Attempted suicides also fell in Franklin County – and rose by about 50% in Benton County.