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SUICIDE: Those are people behind the statistics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed 28 percent between 1999 and 2010 (TNT, 5-3).

Having lost my brother three years ago, it is important to remember that these numbers represent real people and real families. When I lost my brother I wasn’t thinking about statistics. Instead, I was overwhelmed by a thousand questions, many of which began with “Why?”

When I became a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I learned that 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness, often undiagnosed depression,

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