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Published February 10, 2014, 10:05 PM

Area 911 Dispatchers: Average of 5 suicide related calls per day

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some disturbing numbers tonight when it comes to suicide in our community, between dispatch and the suicide hotline - thousands of people a year reach out for help.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There are some disturbing numbers in the community when it comes to suicide. Between dispatch and the suicide hotline, thousands of people a year reach out for help.

Area 911 dispatchers will receive about 5 calls per day for people who have texted or told someone they want to die, or have in fact attempted.

Phone lines ring off the hook at Red River Regional Dispatch;

Mary Phillippi - Red River Regional Dispatch: "Between 1,400 to 1,500 calls a year for people that are suicidal, threatening suicide."

John Lyon - Therapist, The Village: "The idea of committing suicide is common, talking about it. I see that several times a week, where someone is struggling with those thoughts."

John Lyon is a therapist at The Village. He says between 50% to 75% of people will talk about ending their life before acting it out.

John Lyon: "One of the risk factors is anything that increases impulsivity."

Drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, and one of the leading factors - depression.

John Lyon: "It limits your ability to solve problems, makes your problems seem unmanageable."

On average between Cass and Clay Counties, there are 120 calls of suicidal people every month. Aside from the obvious sign of someone saying they want to end their life, Lyon offers some other things to watch out for.

Lyon: "Lowering of the mood, changes in sleep and eating habits, giving away their worldly possessions."

Those with the lowest risk of suicide are people who feel connected. Whether that be with friends, a sporting league or their religion.

If you're struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts and are in need of immediate assistance and aren't sure where to turn, call 211. You'll be connected to a free referral and crisis management service.