How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

By Ernie Smith  Jun 8 2018    From left Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

The suicide growth rate in Florida went up 10.6 percent - among the smallest increases in the nation.

Gordon said doctors need to ask patients at every opportunity about their mental health and evaluate their risk for suicide.

This week the CDC released new data that shows from 1999 to 2016 suicide rates increased more than 30 percent in 25 states.

"Unfortunately, our data show that the problem is getting worse", CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D., said in a press briefing on Thursday.

Nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older died by suicide alone in 2016.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death nationally and one of just three leading causes that's going up.

Experts say confronting the issues needs to be a priority.

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

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Staley said although he wasn't surprised by the numbers in the new CDC report, suicide death rates appear to have held steady in most recent years.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

While other problems like relationships, substance use, and money often contribute to suicide, Olson says sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly how North Dakota's rates have risen so much.

Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year. Middle-aged adults, ages 45 to 64, had the largest increase.

Folks at the Crisis Center in Birmingham say whenever a public figure takes their life it can certainly cause others who may have been considering it to think about it even more. It also can happen when a close friend or family member commits suicide.

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

The GLS Suicide Prevention Resource Center - which works with colleges and states to design suicide-prevention programs around the country - has remained flat at $5.9 million in funding since 2013, Schumer added. Due to the value they place on independence, they are unlikely to seek help, United Health Care reports.

You can also reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 if you are concerned about your mental health or someone else's.

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