June 19, 2018

What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

09 June 2018, 03:58 | Winston Chapman

CDC: Suicide rates on the rise in almost every state | TheHill

How to look for suicide warning signs

"Between 1999 and 2016, the suicide rate increased among all age groups younger than 75 years", said Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director of the CDC, who led a media briefing on the topic Thursday.

The states with the greatest increase in suicides were North Dakota (57.6 percent), Vermont (48.6), New Hampshire (48.3) and Kansas (45).

The Minnesota Health Department has increased efforts to identify at-risk communities to help reduce suicides.

Almost 45,000 Americans over the age of 10 died by suicide in 2016 alone ― that's more than double the number of Americans who died by homicide in the same year.

Researchers found that more than half - 54 percent - of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

National statistics on suicide released this week by the federal government shed light on a burgeoning public health crisis that can no longer be ignored or conveniently cordoned off as someone else's private tragedy. And it's unfortunate that there's so much stigma attached both to mental health diagnoses and treatment and to suicide, still considered a very shameful thing in many places.

Mental Health First Aid: 8-hour sessions give people a 5-step action plan that includes the skills, resources, and knowledge to recognize if someone needs help and how to get it for them.

Click for more information about the rising trend of suicide in the U.S.

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If you are concerned a loved one is at risk of suicide, talk to them about it. Experts say you shouldn't be afraid to raise the issue.

The report is bad news, the CDC acknowledges, but people are not helpless to prevent suicide. The CDC has also warned that the suicide rate for girls ages 15 to 19 doubled from 2007 to 2015 - when it reached its highest point in 40 years; the suicide rate for boys the same age increased by 30% during the same time period. Yet there are common warning signs for suicidal tendencies.

MA legislators passed a "red flag" gun bill on Thursday, a law that state Senate President Harriette Chandler said would help reduce the risk of suicide in the state.

The national rate increased as well, jumping 25 percent over the same time frame.

The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shocked many people, just like the suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams in 2014. People think suicides are different - why should they want gun control? They are part of a task force that work with patients, in the upstate, struggling with mental health problems.

Another way to help is by supporting the nonprofits that provide suicide counseling, prevention and education.

Say things like "I noticed you've been looking down, or I've noticed you've said things that seem like you're really not as motivated towards life", he said.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of three leading causes that are on the rise, the CDC said. Facilitator of Stop Suicide Northeast Indiana Colleen Carpenter asked.

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