DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said this week his office has worked a total of five suicides recently.

“Three of these suicides occurred in the last 24 hours,” said Welden.

Welden added that his office has also responded to two attempted suicides.

Welden said the National Hotline for Suicide Prevention is available at 1-800-273-8255 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“It saddens us that so many of our citizens have found themselves at the point in life that they feel they need to end it,” said Welden. “No matter how bad things get, it can get better. You just have to keep going.”

Welden said the incidents not only take a toll on the families and friends involved, but also on deputies and investigators.

“Each incident has to be thoroughly investigated,” he said. “We wish that there was more we could do to prevent them instead of investigating the aftermath.”

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