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Suicide research roaring success

The International Summit for Suicide Research in Nevada wound up three days of self-congratulation in early November; it described the event as being “a huge success”, and a “frequent refrain throughout the conference was, ‘this has become my favorite meeting'”.

More than 400 researchers attended and could take a tour of Hoover Dam (pictured), where, according to official statistics, there have been only 20 suicides since the dam’s bridge opened in 1936. Unofficially, people say it happens every other week.

Among the highlights was a chance for young investigators to do a spot of speed-dating “in which they met with potential mentors for just a couple of minutes each.”

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, with more than 44,000 deaths in 2015 (the latest data available). The US suicide rate is at its highest for 30 years.

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