Louisville ranked 5th saddest city: Do you think it is a sad city?
Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - It's the happiest time of year in what could be one of the country's bluest cities. According to Men's Health Magazine, Louisville ranks in as the fifth saddest city in America.
To come up with the rankings, the magazine looked at suicide rates, the percentage of households using antidepressants, the number of people who reported feeling blue most of the time and unemployment rates.
"The awareness that these issues are out there is the first step towards recovery and the first step towards pushing us down on that list," said Geneva Robinson with Seven Counties. Seven Counties is a non-profit that offers behavioral health and developmental services. She told WHAS11 News that it's not entirely surprising that Louisville is high on the list because both the city and the state have a problem that's worse than most people probably realize.
"Kentucky in general has a relatively high rate of death by suicide," said Robinson. "The last year for which we have statistics is 2008, and Kentucky ranked 17th in the nation."
Don't let all the gloominess get you down though. Robinson said depression is the most treatable illness there is, and there's plenty of help available.
If you feel like you need help, you can always call 589-4313 or 1-800-873-TALK and you'll be connected with an experienced counselor.
Here's the full list of happy and unhappy cities from Men's Health: http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/frown-towns