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Author says suicide shouldn't be taboo subject

Messina said Rizzo is living proof that some can be saved, but warned that is not always the case, which is hardest for families and loved ones left behind who feel they could have done something to prevent it.

"Some suicides cannot be avoided, even when given a second chance and with the best of intentions from a supportive, loving family," he said. "But although suicide is not always avoidable, sometimes it is, and people need to know that there is help and support for them out there."

Messina serves on the board of directors for Family and Children's Service of the Capital District, a not-for-profit that is the area's oldest counseling and family service, but no longer works as a hotline counselor.

Rizzo said he overcame his inner demons by letting them out and not bottling up his feelings.

"Communication is what I've learned. For a guy, it's not always easy," he said. "It's a simple as, 'This is what happened.' And usually once you say, 'You know, I had a bad day at work,' it usually just comes right out.""

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