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North Dakota suicide rate falls

North Dakota Department of Health
North Dakota Department of Health

BISMARCK, ND (KFGO AM) -- The suicide rate in North Dakota has dropped at a time when the national rate is on the rise.

Micki Savelkoul, Suicide Prevention Program Director for the State Department of Health, says latest figures show a modest decrease in the number of people taking their own lives, from 114 in 2011 to 107 last year.

She says while elderly men are most likely to commit suicide, lately there's been a troublesome jump in suicides among middle-aged men, possibly linked to the recession and job losses.

In Minnesota, the suicide rate has reached its highest point in a decade.

Nearly 700 people in the state took their own lives, up 13% from the previous year.

September is National Suicide Prevention month.

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