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Counselors: Suicide prevention can start just by talking

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TYLER (KYTX) - Suicide is a problem that claims thousands of lives each year, and counselors across the country and here in east Texas are trying to bring attention to it.

The American Association for Suicidology reports that each year in Texas 2,500 people commit suicide and both the young and the old are doing it.

Specialist say as family members and friends, you could be the first line of defense in preventing a loved one from committing suicide.

Sarah Robinson and Carol Johnson have one thing in common.

Robinson's brother committed suicide three years ago and Johnson's son committed suicide eight years ago.

The women said they saw the signs: depression, talking about death and isolation, but say in their cases they just didn't know what to do.

"We had known that he was dealing with depression but at that time we didn't know what to look for," said Johnson.

ETMC counselor Brittney Nichols said there's often a stigma behind talking about suicide and depression, she says but having those tough conversations can help prevent a tragedy.

Research shows that about 8.3 million people a year admit to having suicidal thoughts. For every completed suicide there are 25 attempts.

Nichols said on top of depression, other suicidal triggers are drug abuse and even experiencing major losses like death.

"Suicide is an equal opportunity issue, everyone can be effected. we know it's the 10th leading cause of death in adults. in young adults it's the third leading cause of death," Nichols said.


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