June 19, 2018

It shows the growing severity of the issue

08 June 2018, 05:45 | Winifred Adams

These red-flag laws "have generated interest in response to high-profile homicides, but in practice far more guns have been seized due to concerns of suicide risk", said Aaron Kivisto, a co-author of the study with Peter Lee Phalen.

North Dakota had the highest rate increase at 57.6 percent, but the report found that the rate increased more than 30 percent in 25 states, including South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas. They were the source of about half of all suicides, the researchers say, and that percentage has stayed stable over the years.

After those states passed "red-flag" gun laws, which enable police to seize firearms from people who are a risk to themselves or others, firearm suicide rates fell significantly, a recent study found. While mental health is often a factor, the CDC cautioned that there is no single reason for the almost 30 percent nationwide increase between 1999 and 2016, pointing to the finding that approximately half of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Every day, 123 Americans commit suicide.

The CDC study released Thursday shows half of the country has seen a more than 30 percent increase in suicide rates from 1999 to 2016. It's widespread across the country, impacting every single age group and demographic in America. The CDC reported that between 2014-2016, 27 out of 100,000 deaths by suicide in Louisiana were men, meanwhile 7 out of 100,000 were female. "If we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need". IN was even higher, experiencing an increase of suicides from 31 to 37 percent.

'Conditions like postpartum depression and menopause [may put some women at a higher risk], and, for women in general, stereotypes of being the flawless mom and employee, the stigma associated with a need to "balance" all of that can cause pressure as well, ' said Dr Ali.

'This kind of "perfectionism" not only affects women, but, in light of Spade's suicide, it is something we can highlight, ' she added'.

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"Research for many years and across social and health science fields has demonstrated a strong relationship between economic downturns and an increase in deaths due to suicide", Sarah Burgard, an associate professor of sociology at the University of MI, told the Washington Post.

"We have worked really hard to explain to the public that suicide is not simply a matter of too much stress, but that it involves the identification and treatment of mental disorders as one important component", he said.

To the knowledge of her family and investigators, Spade did not have a previously diagnosed mental health condition, though her sister Reta Saffro has said she suspected that Spade had begun drinking heavily as a way to cope. If you suspect someone of needing immediate help, call 911.

Accomplishing this, according to the CDC, has to be accomplished by work in a number of avenues.

"Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality", KDHE Chief Medical Officer said. KDADS also offers training regarding suicide prevention. Substance abuse was also common among those who died by suicide, particularly among those with a known history of mental health conditions.

Brown said warning signs can include something as simple as talkative people becoming more quiet or the opposite- those who are normally quiet becoming more verbal; or letting their hygiene go as well as verbal cues.

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