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Make a call for help first [UPDATED]

Published 10:31am Friday, December 27, 2013 Updated 12:32pm Friday, December 27, 2013

Increased suicide rates in the nation and state, including Otter Tail County, where the rate more than tripled, indicate a troubling trend. For various reasons, people increasingly believe the only way to cope with their pain is to leave this world. But help is always available. We urge those who are hurting to talk to someone.

A popular holiday show, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” depicts the impact each of us has on those around us, and the emptiness that our death has on people we love.

Please, if circumstances seem hopeless to you, make a call, before it’s too late. Suicide help lines, psychologists, family or friends can help you rethink a tragic decision, and perhaps show you the difference you make in your circle of people.

Not intending to minimize personal situations and feelings of hopelessness, which can be very overwhelming, a pop culture phrase captures the hope provided in life — This too shall pass.

Please make a call for help before doing something with far-reaching consequences.

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