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SUICIDE PREVENTION

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Wendi Wheeler was going through a dark time in May when she spotted Jay Dagny, a North Dakota State University student, holding a sign with the words "You are loved" at Eighth and Main in Moorhead.
From the column: "Mental illness is a disease one in the same as all of the others that I treat as an internist."
From the letter: "Just as many people know first aid, people need to know the warning signs of suicide."
From the editorial: "The lifeline’s administrators can look at this moment and all the surprising sudden feedback not as a rejection or cancellation but ... as a chance for improvements so it can even more effectively deliver crisis services while reducing the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions."
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack hears from a reader whose friend, a longtime caregiver for his wife with dementia, died by suicide.
The new three-digit dialing code streamlines access to mental health crisis support and is part of a nationwide effort to transition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a phone number people can more easily remember and access in times of crisis.

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Dozens of people gathered in Vadnais Heights to honor the memories of the three children, whose bodies were found in the lake, and their parents. The mood was somber as family, friends and community members, many of them crying or praying, approached a table of photos of the late family.
After recently losing his teenage son, a grieving dad faces his first Father's Day. It's a reminder that we need to be there for parents who have lost children — and be grateful for our own families as well, columnist Tammy Swift says.
Gun buying among African Americans has soared in recent years. At the same time, suicide rates have increased among young Black men. Experts believe the trends may be linked, because having a gun in the home increases suicide risk exponentially, for every person who lives there.

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