By J.L. Schmidt
Statehouse Correspondent Nebraska Press Association 

Suicide prevention is something we can all do


August 24, 2023

Suicide. It's personal. Sometimes it's up close and personal. Often, it's the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

Everyone knows someone who knows someone who has been impacted. I've had one of those up-close experiences and other exposure through the years. Think about it, you likely have too.

Recently-released figures reveal that a record number of people in the United States committed suicide in 2022. The 49,449 deaths reflect a 2.6% increase over the prior year, government data showed. Over half of all U.S. suicides in 2022 involved firearms, according to the figures from the Centers for Diseas...

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