May 04, 2007 — Suicide is a painful subject, complicated by sorrow and stigma, but public health experts say silence can be deadly. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for men in the U.S. Here in the North Country, suicide rates are nearly twice as high as in New York City. Experts say isolation and the easy availability of firearms are big factors. Yesterday in Lake Placid, more than four hundred activists, mental health experts and suicide survivors gathered to look for strategies that might slow the rate of suicide. As Brian Mann reports, they say the first step is speaking out.