Since 2012, there have been 104 suicides in Lycoming County. Of those, five were teenagers, according to Charles E. Kiessling Jr., county coroner.
That averages out to one teen suicide a year. It could happen to a student in any school district.
According to Kiessling, suicides are the second highest cause of unnatural death among all people in Lycoming County, and motor-vehicle crashes are third.
“They run neck and neck with motor-vehicle crashes … Some of it is related to the drug issue,” he said. “Drug (problems) and mental health seem to go hand in hand.”
The motor-vehicle crashes includes pedestrians hit and anything involving motor-vehicle accident deaths.
The leading cause of unnatural death in the county involves drug-related deaths.
So far in 2017, there have been 36 drug-related deaths, 18 suicides and six motor-vehicle accident related deaths.