Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

The CDC report on suicide rates appears in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Staggering new numbers show suicide is rising in almost every state across the United States.

According to a study of trends in suicide rates among individuals ten years of age and older, between 1999-2016, suicide rates rose significantly in 44 states. Nevada, where according to the CDC, the rate actually decreased-if only by less than 1 percent. But in MA, that rate increased 35.3 percent.

A total of 25 states had suicide rate increases of more than 30 percent in that span. Suicide is often attributed to mental health problems but many who die in this way did not have a diagnosed condition.

Some factors that contribute to suicide are relationship problems, physical health problems, loss of housing, and a crisis from the past.

Calls for better suicide-prevention efforts are mounting, after a federal study identified a sharp rise in suicide rates in the U.S. over the past two decades.

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"These findings are disturbing", Schuchat says.

"We are highly aware we still have high rates, but we will never give up".

At the time, Bourdain was in France working on an episode of his CNN show "Parts Unknown", in which he traveled the world to report on different foods and cultures. Suicide is now the 10th most common cause of death in the U.S. It is one of just three leading causes, along with Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses, that are on the rise.

The National Suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255 or you can text "HOME" to 7-4-1-7-4-1.

The new report also found that, among USA states and the District of Columbia, suicide rates varied fourfold in 2014-2016, from about 7 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to 29 per 100,000 residents per year in Montana.

Marilyn Pasquarelli, a licensed professional counselor at Westbrook Health Services, said people need to remove the stigma of mental health issues. They are numbers the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan says will only go down with awareness. They also said Americans should learn the warning signs of suicide so they can recognise those at risk.

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