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Of all the threats to daily existence, crime, disease, accidents, suicide, the one that has the most taboo attached to it is suicide. That’s probably because it is the one threat that is seen by society as something that one is in complete control of, making it much harder for those left behind to comprehend and deal with.
Los Alamos itself is not immune from having to deal with this subject, having just suffered some recent losses in the teen and young adult community.
According to statistics provided by the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent being 2009, suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people (10-44 years) in New Mexico. The state overall has been in the top five since 1997.
“The suicide rate in New Mexico has consistently been 1.5 to two times the U.S. rate,” according to a statement on the department’s website. “Suicide rates in New Mexico have not changed significantly over the 1995-2009 period, while the U.S. rate has declined slightly.”
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