Suicide is a preventable community health issue

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Health column by Daniel Crum

By Daniel Crum

More than 33,000 suicides occur in the U.S. each year, making it the 11th leading cause of death for all ages. This is the equivalent of 90 suicides per day, or one suicide every 16 minutes. Simply defined, suicide occurs when a person takes his own life. While this loss of life can be devastating to the person’s immediate family, suicide also affects the health of the entire community. Family, friends, and associates of persons who commit suicide may have feelings of shock, anger, sadness, guilt and depression.

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