What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

10 June, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Lillian Steele
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Of the 25 states where the suicide rate increase by more than 30 percent, the most noticeable rises occurred in western states.

Almost 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016 and according to the CDC two-thirds of gun-related deaths in the U.S. are suicides, the BBC reports.

Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, "but the public doesn't".

The report shows the highest contributing factors being relationship problems, an immediate crisis or problematic substance abuse, but experts along with the CDC say most commonly it is a result of a combination of factors.

Every state but Nevada saw an increase in suicide rates during that time, the CDC reported.

For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only six states - Idaho, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Utah - had larger increases.

Prevention has been elusive, in part because doctors have not had programs that reliably reduce suicide rates.

The report also shows more than half of those who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition.

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Firearms were found to be the most common method of suicide, again used by those both with and without mental health issues.

About 45,000 people committed suicide in the U.S.in 2016. "We can see suicide rates improve slower than the economy".

The CDC report, which was released this week, did not give a reason for the uptick in suicides.

They might have increased anxiety, feel trapped, have extreme mood swings or become angrier. It's also just one of three leading causes on the rise.

Dr. Stone noted that historically some western states have the highest rates of suicide, which could be related to the fact that they tend to be more rural.

Thomas Delaney, a faculty member at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine who studies suicide, said Thursday that several aspects of Vermont life have been linked to higher rates of suicide. But local mental health advocates said they are also seeing younger people struggling with suicidal impulses. "I tell people, 'You may have prevented a suicide in your life and have no idea, because you were kind to somebody not knowing that they were in a moment of utter despair.' As long as it's done in a respectful and non-intrusive way, I don't think it can hurt anything - and it might help".

Ask someone you are anxious about if they're thinking about suicide. The stigma of seeing help, long waitlists for specialists and disparity in access to mental health resources can all interfere with getting treated. Listen to what they need.

States can help ease unemployment and housing stress by providing temporary support. "It's OK if you don't see any signs to ask how somebody is doing".

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