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September is Suicide Prevention Month
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County Mayor Mike Foster and Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss are shown signing a proclamation declaring September Suicide Prevention Month. Pictured with the mayors are Jodi Bartlett and Mark Allison of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Help for someone who may be feeling suicidal may be obtained through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Tennessee. An estimated 900 men, women and children commit suicide each year in our state — more people than are lost to homicide, AIDS or drunken driving.DeKalb County had five suicides in 2011 for a rate of 26.5 per 100,000 population. That is the most recent statistic available for the county.