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Boston conference to explore military suicides

March 12, 2011

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BOSTON—More than 1,000 service members, veterans and caregivers are expected in Boston for a conference on preventing military suicides.

The conference will focus on the role of community programs to help active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and veterans who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Participants will discuss how to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors. They'll also examine various peer support services, including formal programs, self-help groups, online forums and social media.

The conference is being sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It runs Monday through Thursday at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.