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Health Happenings: Feb. 2

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Trying to make mental health first aid as familiar as CPR

CDC: There were 41,149 suicides in 2013, making it the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid course trains regular people to recognize mental health or substance problems and intervene

Half a million people in the U.S. have taken the training, including First Lady Michelle Obama

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Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.