String of isle suicides drives crowd to forum

A high state suicide rate marked by six suicides last month on Kauai, including three teens in Anahola, drew large crowds at two meetings to address the alarming trend.

David Rudd, an expert on suicide issues, emphasized the importance of promoting "hope and resiliency" to reduce suicide risks in an address to more than 300 people Friday at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

Rudd, chairman of the Psychology Department at Texas Tech University, cited the Kevin Hines case as an example of simple things people can do to reduce despair and suicide risk.

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