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Small city of Wilton Manors sees big rise in suicides

BY LARRY BARSZEWSKI AND DANA WILLIAMS
SUN SENTINEL

An uptick in suicides has caught the attention of officials in Wilton Manors, who fear they may be dealing with more than a statistical aberration.

“When you look at our numbers, they don’t jump out at you,” Police Chief Paul O’Connell said. “When you compare it to a population of 11,000 to 12,000 people, that’s when you get the real picture of how it impacts a small community.”

The Central Broward city has scheduled an April 19 town hall meeting on suicide, hoping to provide residents with information about how to recognize warning signs and where to turn for help. It is putting the program together with help from the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP).

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