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How to Play a Role in Preventing Suicide

Lincoln – September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and every Nebraskan has a role in saving lives.

More than 47,000 Americans die by suicide each year, but suicide can be prevented. In Nebraska, a person dies by suicide once every 32 hours.

One of the most effective methods is to raise the subject with a loved one or friend who may be considering suicide.

“We know that it can be hard to start conversations about mental health,” said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “Many people can talk about physical health challenges, but may not know what to say when a lo...


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