SAN DIEGO (AP) - Preliminary data show the number of Marine suicides dropped dramatically in 2010 after reaching record levels the previous year.
Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Martin says 37 suicides were reported compared to 52 in 2009, a 29 percent decrease.
The manager of the Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program says initiatives aimed at changing attitudes among troops so they seek help appear to be working.
Martin says there is still much to be done.
The Marine Corps recorded 173 attempted suicides, up from 164 in 2009.
Martin says the increase may be due to more vigorous recording of the incidents.
The Marine Corps had the highest suicide rate among all branches in 2009 when it began beefing up its prevention efforts.
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