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Associated Press, Published September 18 2009

Officials in North Dakota report 86 suicides last year

BISMARCK – State officials say 86 North Dakotans died as a result of suicide last year and the state ranks 15th in its rate of suicide deaths.

The figures released by Gov. John Hoeven’s office come as a new government study shows more than 8 million Americans seriously consider suicide each year.

The state Heath Department says suicide is the second leading cause of death among North Dakotans ages 15 to 24 and the 10th leading cause of death overall.

Men are considered four times more likely than women to die from suicide. In North Dakota, health officials say people ages 25 to 34 and American Indians also face a higher risk.

State Health Officer Terry Dwelle says it’s important to reach out to people who are struggling.

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