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Suicide Guam's 5th-leading cause of death

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Suicide is the fifth-leading cause of death on Guam and a roundtable was held today to discuss the problem and how it can be prevented.  The Catholic Theological Institute and Blessed Luis Diego De San Vitores hosted the roundtable suicide discussions at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona.

Professor Lorenzo Gallo says the discussions were organized to determine the cause of suicide and shed light on the high rate of suicide deaths on Guam and in Micronesia. "We wanted to know the spiritual and social problems that affects the people. The Institute thought to organize a roundtable to discuss this issue, giving some multi disciplinary point of views and at the same time giving us an opportunity to discuss it," he told KUAM News.

The Institute provides academic curriculum for Guam's seminarians in the Archdiocese of Agana and dioceses at other islands of the Oceania. In the meantime, representatives from the Department of Mental Health and suicide prevention/intervention group Lifeworks Guam participated in today's forum.

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