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Suicide prevention: Know the signs, find the words, reach out

The reported suicide of actor Robin Williams has again tragically put the spotlight on one of the most serious public health issues facing our nation. According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States today. Every 15 minutes, another person dies from suicide in this country. National and local data show that the number of suicides has been increasing over the past decade. In Ventura County, 94 people, on average, have committed suicide annually from 2011 to 2013.

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