Memphis suicide hotline calls on the rise since 2011

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - It used to be rare for Memphis Crisis Center Director Mike LaBonte to hear volunteers trying to persuade callers not to commit suicide. 

    LaBonte told The Commercial Appeal that the occurrence has become commonplace in the last couple of years. 

    Officials say the number of suicide calls has more than doubled and the number of high-risk calls is also rising. 

    In 2011, the center received 559 calls, but the number jumped to 1,264 in 2012. LaBonte says the center is on track to meet or exceed that number this year. As of September, volunteers had taken nearly 1,000 calls.

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