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Substance Abuse Often Associated With Suicides In Tennessee

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 3:02pm

NASHVILLE – In observance of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is encouraging all Tennesseans living with depression, hopelessness, and threats of self-harm to seek help!

“Most people who consider suicide have depression or a related mental illness, and as a result have a sense of hopelessness, said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “In Tennessee, it’s estimated that roughly half of the people who die by suicide have a measurable amount of alcohol in their system at the time of death.”

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