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Suicide Rate Increases in Yakima County

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Yakima, WASH -  An annual report done by the Yakima Counties Coroner's Office shows that death's caused by suicide in 2006 increased by nearly 50 percent compared to 2005.  In 2005 23 deaths were related to suicide, in 2006 that total raised to 33. 

A local psychologists says the problem may stem from more risk factors in today's society like drug addiction and abuse.

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death nationwide and the 3rd most among teens and young adults.