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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Suicide rates double in Army Reserve and National Guard (Video)

By Melissa Bell

On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that suicides doubled in the Army Reserve and National Guard in 2010. The number of active-duty suicides dropped, but the spike in the National Guard and Reserve has Army leaders attempting to figure out how to address the mental health issues of men and women who often live far away from their assigned units.

Suicide claims about 30,000 people each year in the United States. Photographer Leslye Davis filmed a short documentary about one man's decision to commit suicide and his fight to heal. It's a tough five-minute watch, but it's a beautiful tribute to the struggle for some to live.

Davis recommends that if you feel desperate, alone or helpless, you should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hot line available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

(Thank you, Evelio!)

By Melissa Bell  | January 19, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
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