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Suicide on the rise in struggling economy

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

An alarming new health study claims that suicide now accounts for more deaths than car crashes in America. Experts say the trend started shortly after the economy started to collapse. But, the problem is still growing.

"From January to October we've basically have had over 900 suicide calls. I'm sure if I went and ran it now it would be more than 901 from Friday," says Executive Director of the Memphis Crisis Center Mike Labonte. "Losing something like your job, or losing your house, the impact that that has on people's stability who are already maybe coping with other issues in their life can be very dramatic."

Within the last couple of years the Memphis Crisis Center has been swamped with increasing cries for help.

"At that point you have to think about how desperate somebody is to the point they're going to pick up the phone and talk to a stranger," says Labonte.

Another group who are often in trouble is our men and women in the military. They come home still dealing with the stresses of war and many can't find a job.

Labonte says change begins when we start openly talking, listening and finding ways to cope.

If you feel like you need someone to talk to, you can call 901-CRISIS-7 for help. Also, if you would like to volunteer and answer the hotlines at the Memphis Crisis Center you can call 901-649-8572.

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