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ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- A disturbing trend is being found when it comes to suicide rates in Minnesota.
The state's health department says they saw a 13 percent increase in the number of suicides from 2010 to 2011.
That's according to data collected from 2011 death certificates.
684 deaths resulted from suicide in 2011, up from 606 the year before.
The report also indicates there is a greater chance of suicide in the greater Minnesota region, compared to the metro.
Health leaders say a variety of things could be contributing to that.
"It could be a lack of access to services or it could be people being prideful thinking they can handle things themselves and get by on their own," Freeborn County Public Health Sue Yost.
The report states most of the increase in numbers is from men in their middle years with the greatest increase in numbers for those 55 to 59 years of age.
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