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Data collected from a variety of international sources show that suicide continues to be one of the most imposing contemporary public health issues facing many nations of the world today. Despite our best efforts, the global rate of suicide has continued to rise since the 1950s. Suicide is expensive in terms of the human cost and associated suffering, the economic costs, the social costs, and the spiritual costs.
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