Suicide rate alarms health workers



(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County's population is getting older, many are getting poorer than the Statewide average and it's all causing problems for children.

That's according to United Way Director Patti Hannah, and County Health Department's Staci Neff.

The two gave a report to the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce this week, citing alarming suicide statistics for younger people, a quarter of local citizens living below the poverty level.

Neff says there's a big problem with expectant mothers are smoking. Hannah says the two agencies are trying to get the community talking about some of the health problems facing the area.

Hannah says the County is also trying to get a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to help with the depression and try to stem the suicide problem. The grant would be for $200-thousand a year for three years.


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