WASHINGTON (WKOW) – The Obama administration says it's boosting efforts to prevent suicides, especially among military veterans.
U.S. health officials say nearly 100 people every day commit suicide, and many more attempt it. The military has seen an alarming jump in suicides this year.
The federal government announced Monday it will increase staff by 50 percent at the national hotline (1-800-273-TALK) that is open to military and civilians alike. It provided $55.6 million for state and local programs and highlighted Facebook features that link distressed users to counselors.
The government is also beginning public service announcements encouraging people to get help if they spot signs that someone is suicidal.
As Surgeon General Regina Benjamin put it, "Preventing suicide is everyone's business."
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