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Minnesota suicide rates up in 2010

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Undated, MN (WXOW) - The Minnesota State Health Department released their latest statistics on suicide rates.

In 2010 there was a 13% increase in suicides.

The biggest increase came for adult males ages 25 to 64.

To give you some perspective, there were 684 suicides in 2011, twice the number of traffic deaths that year.

The increase in suicide rates is most common in the baby boomer generation.

Research shows a poor economy, substance abuse, and mentally illness are among the biggest reasons.

90% of people who attempt suicide have a mental illness or drug abuse problems.

Health officials say the stigma surrounding suicide needs to be lifted.

Psychologist tDr. Daniel Reidenberg says "males are less likely than women to seek help. Women will talk about their feelings more with friends and even family than men will."

More state funding is in the works to start more crisis hotlines, and depression screenings across the state.

The Department of Health is also forming a task force to inform lawmakers about how to better help prevent suicide.

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