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As part of the Center for Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.

Ryan Ranalli, who served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2008, was deployed to Iraq during the invasion in March 2003. Ranalli, of Helena, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. He attempted to hang himself in his garage on April 8. His wife, Jamie, right, discovered him as he was making the attempt.

Iraq war veteran Ryan Ranalli says he has at least five reasons why he won’t make another suicide attempt -- his wife and four children.

María y su esposo aseguran que huyeron de El Salvador porque eran amenazados por pandilleros. La pareja acaba de vivir su primera Navidad en el Norte de Texas, luego de pasar semanas en centros de detención, pero aún lidia con las secuelas emocionales de la violencia y el desarraigo. | ANA E. AZPURUA/AL DÍA

Ana Azpurua wrote this special with the support of the USC Annenberg California Endowment-Journalism Fellowship 2012.

La violencia en El Salvador estremece el bienestar emocional de inmigrantes que ven sus vidas por siempre alteradas. | BEN TORRES/ESPECIAL PARA AL DÍA

Ana Azpurua wrote this special with the support of the USC Annenberg California Endowment-Journalism Fellowship 2012. Another part to the series can be found here:
Traumas persiguen a inmigrantes salvadoreños

While they seem like the least likely candidates, the elderly are killing themselves with greater regularity than any other age group in Montana. That’s also true across the country, eroding the myth that teens run the highest risk of suicide.

Keggulluk (left) and Evon Peter (right) after a successful seal hunt. (Marsh Chamberlain)

At risk youth have an opportunity to make a change and get the help they need through a suicide-prevention camp put together by Native American tribes.

Debbie Dolezal, 59, of Billings discusses her husband's 2008 suicide, describing the pain, guilt and heavy-heartedness she still feels today. Her husband fatally shot himself near their Billings home.

Debbie Dolezal, 59, of Billings describe the pain, guilt and heavy-heartedness she still feels after her husband killed himself in 2008.

In Rubbertown, industrial and residential areas coexist. Erica Peterson / WFPL

All of the major factories in Louisville's Rubbertown area have permits governing how much they can emit. But when residents report unpleasant smells, it’s hard to know where they’re coming from and whether a factory is violating its permit.

Kellie Lafave, suicide prevention coordinator for VA Montana at Fort Harrison, discusses the Veterans Crisis Line, which provides confidential help for veterans and their families. The line is staffed by VA responders, many of whom are veterans, who understand what veterans have been through.

Veterans commit suicide at a rate that is twice the national average. In fact, the annual military death toll from suicides has for several years exceeded the number killed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former U.S. Army Spc. Casey Elder, a veteran of the Iraq war, shows an Iraqi flag that she bought in Baghdad. Elder, a Purple Heart recipient, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. A roadside bomb struck her Humvee in Baghdad.

The 2007 suicide of an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and member of the Montana National Guard from Helena was a wake-up call for the organization.

Alton Strupp/Courier-Journal

Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, NARA, offers inpatient and outpatient drug treatment and a 70-bed residential program in Portland, Oregon.



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