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Health professionals look to combat suicide rate, offer free resources at Charleston event

More than 100 people commit suicide every day.

That's according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, which listed suicide as the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

Homicide, ranked 16th.

Saturday, more than a dozen health care professionals from the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Care Center lined the walkway at Marion Square in downtown Charleston, answering questions and offered free resources to promote suicide prevention.

"What we find is there are a lot of people who are afraid to even bring up the topic. of suicide," said Community Education Director David Diana, of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center.

"What I would say to them is have that conversation."

Counselors are available through the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Additional resources are available at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

The event coincided with National Suicide Prevention Month.

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