Preventing Suicide, Preventing Premature Death

November 14, 2014 1:27 PM

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Suicides confront us with our limits when trying to save lives. They pose many what ifs...?: What if I could have said something to him? What if I heard what she was trying to tell me? What if we only had known how desperate she felt? What if he were not so alone?

The nation has made many attempts to prevent suicide -- from promoting two national strategies to funding community programs for youth prevention -- yet the overall rate has climbed 17.5 percent since 1999. In 2011, there were 39,518 suicides, our tenth leading case of death. Suicide was the second ...

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