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What Can Be Done To Curb Texas' Climbing Suicide Rates?

Suicide rates increased by almost 19 percent in Texas, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, which analyzed nationwide data between 1999 and 2016, found that more than half of people who died by suicide in the U.S. during this time period did not have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

What does diagnosis look like and how does access to health care factor into prevention? 

In what ways do circumstances like addiction, family and financial instability impact a person's decision to take their own life? 

How are minorities and young people affected by suicide? Where can help be found in San Antonio? 


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.