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What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

09 Juin 2018

One factor in the rising rate, say mental health professionals as well as economists, sociologists and epidemiologists, is the Great Recession that hit 10 years ago.

As the Globe's Felice Freyer reported, the increases exceeded 30 percent in the Bay State, and more than 48 percent in Vermont and New Hampshire, according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For half of the states, the increase exceeded 30 percent. In the East, Vermont, New Hampshire and SC saw dramatic spikes as well.

His suicide death has people sharing their memories from that night.

"So it's not just about firearms, it's also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like", she said.

Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Vermont and New Hampshire all saw suicide rate increases between 43 and almost 58 percent.

"Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor", the CDC reports. "She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives". You might say you're noticing behaviors that can be associated with thoughts of suicide, Buhse said, and then ask, "Are you thinking of killing yourself?" They had the highest number of suicides and particularly high increases in rates, Schuchat said.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. And we need to destigmatize mental illness and suicide.

The analysis found that slightly more than half the people who had killed themselves did not have any known mental-health condition. Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them.

The CDC said that people can learn about warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. Its list ranges from relationship problems, poor health and acute crisis to legal issues, job loss and money trouble, among others.

The CDC found that between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates rose by 25.4 percent nationally.

Suicide by stateThe study also broke down the data by state and found suicide rates varied widely.

Misty Vaughan Allen, a suicide-prevention coordinator at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), told Newsweek that the department's work with the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention has helped lower the rate of suicide in the state. But local mental health advocates said they are also seeing younger people struggling with suicidal impulses.

A new government study released reveals that suicide has been on the rise nationwide since 1999.

Advocates fighting to decrease those numbers say it's crucial we understand suicide is more than a mental health issue - it's a public health issue. "We want improved access to care and better diagnostics, but we think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what is needed".

What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal