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Throughout North America, the act of committing suicide is no longer a crime. Except for certain cases in the states of Oregon and Washington, assisting a person to commit suicide remains a criminal act.

Certain groups within the population are much more at risk for suicide. These include Aboriginals, persons who suffer from various mental disorders, lesbians, gays, and bisexuals   Persons who are transgender and transsexuals may be at the highest risk to commit suicide.

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