How to have tough conversations about mental health

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows the suicide rate grew 20 percent faster in Kansas than the national average.

From 1999 to 2016, both Missouri and Arkansas saw an increase of 36 percent in suicide deaths.

In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.

"But to make matters more troubling, while the numbers shot up, the federal government has back-burnered the crisis of suicide by flat-funding critical prevention programs and efforts aimed at reaching people during their darkest hours to try and rescue them", Schumer said.

Numerous factors seem to increase the risk of suicide, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health challenges, financial issues or legal problems, the report found. Each one of us can learn the words to say when we're anxious about someone, and we can learn how to be there to keep others safe. It's not important to give details about suicide.

Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition.

"We need to talk about mental illness as a real thing and do not be judgmental, have compassion". While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation.

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It also can happen when a close friend or family member commits suicide.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.

Their deaths came the same week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study showing suicide rates in the U.S. are on the rise in nearly every state. In 2017 the medical examiner's office hired Michael Staley, a suicide prevention research coordinator, to find out why Utah has such high rates of suicide.

There's also no single cause for suicide.

"How do we break the silence around helping individuals that are struggling?"

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, a nonprofit organization operating in Minnesota, said that it is crucial to provide psychosocial intervention to a person who exhibits signs of depression that can lead to suicide.

"I think when someone considers suicide they think it's their only option and it's a scary option but the pain they're going through has gotten them to that place", Litovski says. Letting them hear themselves say it out loud could be enough.

For a suicide prevention number within the United States call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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