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Mass. Wants To Be Home To Nation’s Leading Cluster Of Digital Health Companies

Massachusetts government leaders and the state’s health care and technology sectors have announced a new partnership. The goal is to make the Bay State home to the nation’s leading cluster of digital health companies. WBUR’s Curt Nickisch reports the announcement shows political and industry will, but little money, at least not yet.

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Lessons Learned On The Issue Of Suicide: A Reporter’s Reflections

All this year, WBUR’s Lynn Jolicoeur has been reporting on a public health problem that’s pervasive yet seldom makes headlines: suicide. It claims more than 40,000 lives in the U.S. every year. And about 1 million people attempt to take their own lives.

Lynn spoke with WBUR All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins to share reflections and takeaways from the yearlong project. Listen via the audio player atop this post.

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Tools To Prevent Suicide Include Awareness — And Apps

Optimism is an app that helps people with mental health problems. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Optimism is an app that helps people with mental health problems. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

About 600 people in Massachusetts take their own lives each year. Between 2003 and 2012, the suicide rate in Massachusetts rose an alarming 42 percent — more than double the increase nationwide — though the state rate dipped slightly in 2013.

At the same time, Massachusetts has one of the lowest suicide rates in the country. But if the numbers are right, 50 people in this state may kill themselves between now and the end of the month.

All this year, WBUR has reported on the issue of suicide. Here, we focus on what’s happening in Massachusetts — especially regarding preventing suicide. Continue reading

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