Preventing suicide

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
In 2020, there were just under 46,000 suicides in the United States, making it the nation’s 12th-leading cause of death. California’s suicide rate is 10.7 per 100,000, compared to 13.4 nationally. Suicide rates across the United States have been increasing, and are now double homicide rates. Obviously, more can be done to end this ongoing tragedy.September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and this session I co-authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 37, declaring Sept. 5 to Sept. 11 Suicide Prevention Week in California. To view ACR 37, please visit https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220ACR37.While suicide rates are the highest among people from 45 to 54 years of age, rates among youth 15 to 24 have increased more than 200% in the l
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