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National conference in Asheville addresses suicide in LGBT community

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held a conference in Asheville Monday, focusing on the suicide risk of LGBT people. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- An Asheville conference is raising awareness about a major issue in the LGBT community.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held a conference in Asheville Monday, focusing on the suicide risk of LGBT people.

Speakers talked about a range of topics from mental health to the role of family support in preventing suicide.

"Our hope is that this event brings more awareness to professionals and the community, because this is an issue we are all affected, by so we hope that it touches everyone and everyone takes something from it," said Dana Cea, a co-coordinator of the conference.

The Foundation for Suicide Prevention says suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the state of North Carolina.

It says over twice as many residents die annually by suicide than by homicide.

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