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Suicide is Guam’s 5th leading cause of death

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - A special forum will be held on Tuesday to shed light on the serious problem of suicide, which is the fifth-leading cause of death on Guam. Mental Health public information officer Sara Dimla told KUAM News, "The average of suicide deaths being completed her on Guam is one every two weeks.

"I know that's compared to our U.S. stats it's lower, but the fact that one every two weeks, that's been the same for the past decade since 2000, so it's an alarming number."

Even more startling is that most of the completed suicides are teenagers and young adults and most if not all could have been prevented. "It's heartbreaking to see how someone could think about ending their life because of feeling and thoughts that they're not able to speak out.  So everyone is part of that suicide prevention effort in a sense that they're able to listen and open up their minds making themselves available to that person who is need," Dimla added.

If you want to be a part of the solution and help stop this epidemic, the 2012 Suicide Prevention Month Forum will be held Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm at the University of Guam Lecture Hall.  Stakeholders and community members are invited to attend to discuss how the island can build a suicide safer island.  

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