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How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

CDC: Suicide rates on the rise in almost every state | TheHill Suicide rates on the rise in Kansas
Steve Townsend | 10 June, 2018, 01:05

There is already a rise in suicide rates in the U.S., increasing more than 25% since 1999.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older lost their lives to suicide. "We don't really understand why there's such an increase", CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook said on "CBS This Morning".

The CDC report notes many factors contribute to suicide with the most common being relationship problems, crisis in the past or upcoming two weeks, problematic substance use, physical health problem, and job or financial problem.

The report found that from 1999 to 2016, suicide rates increased in 49 states, with 25 states experiencing increases of more than 30 percent.

Anyone seeking suicide prevention help can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. While this was obviously a large increase, there were 23 other states that reported bigger jumps in that same timeframe. "Focusing suicide prevention efforts exclusively in health care settings is insufficient".

The analysis found that slightly more than half the people who had killed themselves did not have any known mental-health condition. Death from suicide has risen by 34 percent since 1999 in Pennsylvania.

Earlier this year Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new law that requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to report its progress and activity on suicide prevention every year.

Other studies have found much higher rates of mental-health disorders among people at high risk of suicide, experts noted. Learn more about how to support friends, family, and neighbors after a suicide attempt.

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Follow up to see how they're doing.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Schuchat and Deborah Stone, lead author of the CDC analysis, stressed that other factors were also critical to preventing suicide.

" The Maryland chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers resources for people in need, including phone numbers for suicide prevention hotlines and links to find mental health professionals".

Firearms were by far the leading method, accounting for about half the suicides. But Dr. Schuchat said the decrease was minor for a state with a high suicide rate. Tell the person you care about them and that you want to help them. They are part of a task force that work with patients, in the upstate, struggling with mental health problems.

"If anything good" can come from these recent deaths, it's that they do get people talking and reaching out, she said.

The report also cites the need to reduce "access to lethal means" but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation.

States can help ease unemployment and housing stress by providing temporary support.

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