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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County coroner is helping form a suicide prevention and survivors support group.

Michael Fowler says he's alarmed by the number of suicides so far this year.

Last year there were 8 suicides in Dougherty County.

There have been three already this year.

Fowler and Babs Hall are among the volunteers organizing the Southwest Georgia Suicide Prevention Coalition.

"We want to try to prevent that," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler. "Then if it does happen we want to also have a path that they can go down dealing with the grief part."

Southwest Georgia Suicide Prevention Coalition Co-chair Babs Hall said "we'll get together once a month with survivors, give them the opportunity to talk with peers. Talk with survivors."

In 2010 Dougherty County E-M-S responded to 484 calls about people threatening or attempting suicide.

That number jumped to 673 last year.

Get more information on that support group by calling 229-234-7954, or at AlbanySurvivors@gmail.com.

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