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SYSK: Wright State professor writes eye-opening book on suicide

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(WKEF/WRGT) -- Fox 45's Adam Aaro talks with Wright State Professor Cheryl Meyer about a book she wrote that's tackling a tough subject; suicide.

The book is called "Explaining Suicide: patters, motivations and what notes reveal". Meyer wrote it after the Montgomery County Coroner's Office asked her to helping figure out why the suicide rate was frighteningly high.

"To think that 1280 people killed themselves from 2000 to 2009 seems like an astronomical number to me." said Meyer.

Meyer and her team went to work. They analyzed nearly 200 suicide notes people left behind before they died. The notes revealed their final thoughts. some attacked other people or tried to manipulate them to feel guilty. Others were simply goodbye notes to loved ones.

"It's kind of overwhelming the amount of pain. It really is. When you read them as a unit." said Meyer.

Throughout the book Meyer writes of suicide risk factors, prevention and intervention. She hopes it will also offer comfort those those affected by suicide.

"if we can somehow explain this to a family member so that they can better understand why someone they loved or a friend killed themselves. Maybe we can lift that burden to some extent." said Meyer.

If you are interested in reading this book, you can buy it online on Amazon through this link.

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