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Robert Neilson, a 76-year-old veteran, is seeking treatment at the San Diego VA after contemplating suicide three years ago. Matt Bowler/KPBS hide caption

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VA Struggles To Unlock The Reasons Behind High Suicide Rates Among Older Veterans

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In this 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter sits in a district court in Taunton, Mass. Carter was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter for causing her boyfriend's death. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Pastry chef Katlyn Beggs and chef Patrick Mulvaney plan desserts for an upcoming dinner at his B&L restaurant in the Midtown neighborhood of Sacramento, Calif. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Lisa Abramson holds her firstborn child, Lucy, in 2014. A few weeks after Lucy's birth, Abramson began feeling confused and then started developing delusions — symptoms of postpartum psychosis. Courtesy of Claire Mulkey hide caption

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She Wanted To Be The Perfect Mom, Then Landed In A Psychiatric Unit

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Dr. Emmy Betz, a co-founder of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, led a meeting of the group at the Centennial Gun Club. "If you want to reduce suicide deaths, you have to talk about firearms," Betz says. "And if you want to reduce firearm deaths, you have to talk about suicide." Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

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Gun Shops Work With Doctors To Prevent Suicide By Firearm

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Former Marine Josh Onan talks with George Kevin Flood, a staff psychiatrist at the San Diego VA. Onan is taking advantage of a year-old program that makes VA care available to people with less-than-honorable military discharges. Katie Schoolov/KPBS hide caption

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VA Struggles To Reach Other-Than-Honorable-Discharge Vets In Need Of Help

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The authors of a new study on veterinarians and mental health say vet school should include more training on how to cope with the moral distress vets face when asked by pet owners to do things that are against their medical judgment. Anya Semenoff/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Emergency room doctors face long-term stress, making them especially prone to depression and suicide. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

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When Doctors Struggle With Suicide, Their Profession Often Fails Them

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The conversation around gun violence in the U.S. usually focuses on homicides, urban crime and mass shootings. But the overwhelming majority of gun deaths are suicides. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Sharp Increase In Gun Suicides Signals Growing Public Health Crisis

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Research shows that people taken to an emergency room after a suicide attempt are at high risk of another attempt in the next several months. But providing them with a simple "safety plan" before discharge reduced that risk by as much as 50 percent. FangXiaNuo/Getty Images hide caption

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, pictured earlier this month on Capitol Hill, spoke Wednesday about the recent suicide of his wife after a long struggle with depression, chronic pain and opioid dependence. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Helping those who are suffering know they are not alone is one step toward suicide prevention, researchers say. Veronica Grech/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

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Designer Kate Spade is pictured in April 2017 in New York City. Anthony Bourdain is pictured in April 2018 in New York City. Both died in the same week. Left: Andrew Toth/FilmMagic Right: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images hide caption

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When Suicide Is 'Buzzing Around'

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CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

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Ginnie and Matt Peters on vacation in February 2011, a few months before he died by suicide. Courtesy of Ginnie Peters hide caption

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'He Was My Everything': A Farmer's Wife Reflects On Her Husband's Suicide

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Don Gregorio has lived all his life in the same home in Humacao, a city on Puerto Rico's eastern coast that was hard-hit by Hurricane Maria. Many of his old friends have since left for the mainland, the former carpenter says, and he feels very alone. Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Listless And Lonely In Puerto Rico, Some Older Storm Survivors Consider Suicide

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Below A Michigan Overpass, Truckers Make A Safety Net

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