Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Of the 25 states where the suicide rate increase by more than 30 percent, the most noticeable rises occurred in western states.

According to Bill Walker, director of Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, someone dies from suicide every 16 minutes.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide increased across 49 states, with 25 of those seeing an increase by nearly a third, the CDC's Vital Signs report shows.

The Minnesota Health Department has increased efforts to identify at-risk communities to help reduce suicides. About 3 to 4 females per 100,000 died by suicide in Maryland during that period.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

Munn also issued a plea to those struggling with suicidal thoughts: "Please listen to me-from someone who is telling you that she's been where you are-when I say that SUICIDE IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE", she wrote. Indeed, the report found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of their death.

The CDC suggested a wide-ranging list of ways for communities to help those contemplating suicide.

"Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem - and something that is all around us", Schuchat said.

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The biggest spike in suicides since 1999 was in North Dakota, where suicides rose 57 percent. The rates varied widely from state to state: 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.

There's also no single cause for suicide.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.

"We want people to know they can talk to us and we can help them find healthy alternatives", he said.

Ask someone you are anxious about if they're thinking about suicide.

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

Often, in the wake of the shock, people will say they didn't see any signs.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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