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Associated Press, Published December 19 2011

Minn. head says Guard singled out over suicides

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Adjutant General Rick Nash says the Minnesota National Guard is getting “unsubstantiated notoriety” over the number of military suicides.

Nash tells a joint legislative hearing that suicide is increasing among the entire population — not just the military.

While 24 Minnesota National Guard members have died by suicide since 2007, Nash says two-thirds of that number had never deployed — and only two suicides occurred among active duty soldiers.

According to Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/uqIu4b ), Nash says it's a "common assumption" that suicides are the result of post-traumatic stress disorder — but he says that's not true.

He says suicide is a statewide problem, and he urged lawmakers Monday to fund suicide prevention efforts.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org


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