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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Whether it be the state of the economy, the weather, or other personal issues, there are many reasons to feel stressed. And while most people find a way to cope, some take a different approach.

Some people will say it's around the holidays when suicides are most prevalent. Thomas County officials say this year that's not the case. "I think there's so much more going on now, economy, globally. I've really, in the last couple months, stopped and said wow. Not again. Not another one," said Thomas County Sheriff's Captain Steve Jones.

Jones says he's noticed an unusual number of suicides and suicide attempts over the last six months. "It's one of the hardest things, that and the death of a child, are two of the hardest things that we deal with."

Medical personnel say if someone you know is threatening to harm themselves, you should always follow through. "Bring a person to the emergency room, you can call the suicide prevention hotline, you can call us at Archbold Northside and we'll be more than happy to do an assessment an get the person in to get some help," said Dr. Tony Chapman.

Dr. Chapman says typically it's someone feeling out of control. "Frustration sets in day in, day out."

Jones says family members of suicide victims ask him questions that he just cannot answer. "Why? What could we have done to prevent this. I don't know. I don't have the answers because I haven't seen this person progressing to this point."

Dr. Chapman says people 65 and older are more prone to commit these acts. "We want to encourage people to seek help if they are in fact having those thoughts."

Dr. Chapman says if you or someone you know is showing signs of severe depression, do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or Archbold Northside at 1-800-238-8661. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 90 percent of people, who complete suicide suffer from mental illness or substance abuse.

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