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Fort Hood: Actors help teach soldiers about suicide prevention

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Published: Jul. 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM CDT
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Actors from the group Life Lines have been helping teach soldiers at Fort Hood about suicide prevention.

The group performs different scenarios soldiers may have seen in real life and can identify with.

Fort Hood has had eight confirmed suicides this year and one still under investigation.

One of the biggest obstacles is the stigma that comes from asking for help.

Suicide prevention manager Sharon Sutton says the number of suicides is down from last year, but says the post still has a long way to go.

"I think a lot of what we do with our soldiers in terms of suicide prevention training, definitely get them to be more aware of their surroundings.”

Fort Hood has programs in place that spouses and soldiers can contact if they need help.