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Dougherty County Coroner concerned by increase in suicides

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County's Coroner is concerned by an increased number of suicides recently.
September is National Suicide Prevention month.

In the last five weeks, there have been four suicides in Dougherty County. 
Coroner Michael Fowler says 6 is the yearly average.

Fowler is urging families and friends to stay alert to help people who might consider suicide.

Fowler said "Most times they give you some kind of sign.  So we need to pay attention.  Especially when people be depressed.  And going through medical problems or financial problems."

There is a 24-7 Georgia hotline to help with suicide prevention and mental health issues. It's 800-715-4225, and it is staffed by licensed clinicians. 

The number to the Southwest Georgia Prevention Coalition is 234-7954.  

A Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group also meets once a month.
Learn more about it on facebook here.

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