Suicides at varying rates

The news: In November, Chicago Board of Education President Michael W. Scott died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Behind the news: According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, 157 Chicagoans committed suicide, at a rate of 5.7 suicides per 100,000 in 2006, the latest year for which the data are available. The highest rate was recorded among white people, with a rate of 10.1 suicides per 100,000, while African Americans and Latinos committed suicides at rates of 5.1 and 2.5 per 100,000, respectively. The rates may be different, but the issue of suicides affects all races and communities, said Charles Rubey, director and founder of Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide, a support group for those who are grieving the suicide of a loved one. “Most of our calls are from the Caucasian community, and it could be a cultural issue,” said Rubey.