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According to the Surgeon General, more than 100 Americans die each day from suicide - that's one every 15 minutes.

A rash of suicides in one Georgia community can be a warning to us all.

"When you see them back to back, one week or one month after the other, it begins to raise awareness in people's minds to take a look at what might be going on," said Clinical Psychologist Nick Carden.

"It's important that people understand that suicide, depending on what statistics you read, is either the number two or number three leading cause of death particularly among adolescents and young adults," said Carden.

Carden says 75 to 80 percent of cases show warning signs.  And he says ignoring subtle warnings could make the difference of life or death.

"Whenever someone talks about life not being worth living, or saying goodbye, or 'I love you,' in a context where you think, 'Why is this person telling me they love me?' Those are the kind of things I just have learned I don't ignore," said Carden.

Recently, the Federal government stepped up suicide prevention efforts through social media. Facebook now has a link where users can anonymously report friends who talk publicly about suicidal tendencies.  Then the website contacts that user, offering counseling resources.

Carden says while it can be uncomfortable to talk about, one conversation could save a life.

For more information about suicide prevention click on one of the links below.

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

http://www.afsp.org/ 

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