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Georgia air base works to cut number of suicides

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- Military officials at Robins Air Force Base say they're continuing an anti-suicide campaign.

They say that despite a decline in such deaths in recent years, their goal is zero.

The Telegraph of Macon reports the program was launched after the central Georgia base experienced a record eight suicides in 2008.

Authorities at the base say suicides declined to four in 2009. There were three in 2010 and four last year.

Col. James Dienst, commander of the 78th Medical Group, says officials hope they will have no suicides in 2012.

Authorities say the anti-suicide campaign aims for better coordination of services on base and mental health services in the community. It also emphasizes the importance of people reaching out when they're having trouble and encourages employees to take notice of co-workers.