June 21, 2018

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

10 June 2018, 10:40 | Winston Chapman

Suicide Rates Increase in Nearly All States

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

On Thursday, the CDC released a report showing every state has seen an increase over the past two decades; every state except for Nevada.

More than a decade of steadily rising rates have made suicide the nation's 10th leading cause of death and one of only three causes of death - including Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses - that are increasing in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"For many of us who have been close to someone or lost someone we know that suicide happens and that we know it's a real risk out there". In Missouri, suicides are up more than 36 percent, in IL they have increased almost 23 percent.

While suicide prevention efforts largely focus on identifying and providing treatment for people with mental health conditions, the majority of people who committed suicide did not have known mental health problems, according to the report.

For those living anywhere else the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide can provide contact details for suicide help.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat said in a statement.

The CDC study found, too, that suicide increased among all sexes, ages, races and ethnic groups.

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

The study's findings suggest more must be done to prevent suicide and work should extend beyond those diagnosed with a mental illness, Schuchat said.

CNN confirmed chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain died of a suicide, while working in France on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, "Parts Unknown".

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

"The most important thing for people who have been ill enough for this to have been a risk is that they keep asking for help".

In all, 25 states saw increases in their suicide rates topping 30 percent. Little says, "It takes more courage to reach out for help than it does to suffer in silence".

Westbrook Health Services has a 24/7 crisis line.

If you or someone you know needs help you can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. "If I say it, will they get that idea from me?'"

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