WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — Police were investigating the suicide of a 49-year-old man who hanged himself with a belt at a psychiatric unit at Bergen Regional Medical Center.

Bergen County Police Sgt. Robert Carney tells The Record newspaper that the hospital has a “fairly new policy” that permits patients to have belts and shoelaces and that will be part of the investigation.

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The death is one of two suicides at the hospital in the last two weeks.

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The Record reports that suicides and suicide attempts have more than doubled at hospitals statewide in recent years.

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