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How You Can Help Prevent Suicide

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Just in the first few months of this year, we've already heard of several local people taking their own lives. Just in the first few months of this year, we've already heard of several local people taking their own lives.

KENNEWICK, WA - Just in the first few months of this year, we've already heard of several local people taking their own lives.

Mental health experts say people thinking about suicide feel helpless, but you can give them hope and help.

Just Tuesday morning police responded to a Kennewick apartment complex to find an man who committed suicide. And on Monday, NBC Right Now told you about a teen boy that took his own life.

Experts say some signs someone may be at risk are changes in behavior lasting more than two weeks and expression of deep sadness or hopeless feelings.

If you suspect someone is depressed or thinking about suicide, you should let them know they're not alone and help is available.

"We want to show them that we care about what they're going through and listen to what's happening in their life. Then we want to make sure we ask the question. It's okay to ask them. Are you thinking about suicide? That doesn't make someone think about it. It lets them know that you care enough to ask a tough question," said Kristi Haynes, Suicide Prevention Specialist.

Suicide numbers are changing locally. In Benton County, 18 people took their own life last year and that's down from 31 in 2012. But, Franklin County reports seven suicides last year, up from three the year before.

You can get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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