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How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

09 Juin 2018

Anthony Bourdain committed suicide the same week as Kate Spade, even as the CDC reported a rise in suicides across the country.

In 2016, nearly 45,000 people died by suicide in the USA, indicating a staggering rise in the cause of death.

Suicide rates increased by 25 percent across the United States over almost two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"These findings are disturbing", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, during a media call.

In North Dakota, the rate jumped more than 57 percent.

Celebrity deaths remind us that no one, no matter how revered or celebrated, is immune to the black dog of depression and its faithful companions - isolation, emptiness, heartbreak and hopelessness. "But we know it's multiple factors, and the data just don't tell us specifically which one".

She speculated that inescapable social media, online bullying and the increased awareness of ways to die by suicide have contributed to rise in suicides.

With suicide having a known "contagion effect", the incidence of two celebrity suicides in one week raises the question of whether that could have been at play here: Did news coverage of the fashion designer's death have any influence on Bourdain's?

To be fair, the CDC does issue a mild recommendation regarding guns in its press release announcing the study: "Reduce access to lethal means - such as medications and firearms - among people at risk of suicide".

But the according to the report, more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.

The U.S. government goes into great detail in this report, with men making up 84 percent of suicides when no mental health issue is known.

(Undated) - Indiana's suicide rate is up sharply from 1999, but the state is not alone. "It's really realizing that is' worth that fight, because it really is a fight", Bushamn said.

"Economic conditions or livelihood opportunities in decline could lead people to positions where they're at risk". "There is ample evidence out there to suggest this inhibition of help-seeking behavior is a fundamental flaw in the way that we are teaching young men to emote".

We thought we knew them. From 1999 to 2016, 49 states saw suicides increase by 5 percent or more, and 25 of those states saw increases of a staggering 30 percent or higher. According to the CDC report, western states are hit the hardest, except California.

Doctors say there are warning signs a person needs immediate help.

The causes behind the rises in suicides and major depression reman uncertain.

Schuchat noted that the researchers "focused in on 27 states where we have extensive data from the death investigations to try to understand the factors or circumstances leading up to suicide".

Among those without diagnosed mental health conditions, about 45 percent took their life in connection with relationship problems; around half in connection with overall stress; and close to 33 percent due to a recent or an impending crisis.

"We don't hear enough of people who live in good recovery", Sheldon Kennedy, founder of a child-advocacy centre that bears his name and a mental-health advocate, said at the recent CAMH Difference Makers Symposium.

If you're anxious someone you know may be at risk of suicide, you should talk to them about it, says the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention. "We want improved access to care and better diagnostics, but we think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what is needed". The information on contributing factors reflect what family and friends told coroners and police in a subgroup of states participating in the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System.

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal