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What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

Suicide rates rose in 49 states between 1999 and 2016 across all age groups, ethnicities, gender and race.

More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use and financial crises.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that suicide rates went up significantly in 44 states, and in 25 of them, including MA, the increases exceeded 30 percent.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The biggest increases have been in states like Oklahoma, Montana and Wyoming, where gun ownership, drug use and economic hardship are common.

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The report also found that about half of the Americans who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition at the time of their death.

"It's on all of us to take more responsibility for our own health and the health of our loved ones, both physical and emotional", Dvoskin says.

In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide. Only one state, Nevada, had a decrease in its rate (1 percent).

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Everyone can learn the signs of suicide, how to respond, and where to access help.
Now this new report from CDC shows the suicide rate across the country is on the rise. The CDC has also warned that the suicide rate for girls ages 15 to 19 doubled from 2007 to 2015 - when it reached its highest point in 40 years; the suicide rate for boys the same age increased by 30% during the same time period.

Contributing factors to suicideWhile prevention efforts mainly focus on identifying and providing treatment for people with mental illness, experts say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. "Robin William's death in 2014 we saw a 10 percent increase over the subsequent month and in total for the remainder of the year", said West Care Medical Director Dr. Herbert Cruz.

"Most people that either attempt or complete suicide, they aren't so much wanting to die as they want to be out of the pain they are in", Summers said.

Suicide prevention strategiesThe report calls on state and local communities, health care providers, and individuals to take steps to prevent suicide. Ask them if they are thinking about suicide 2. Be there with them, and listen to them. 4.

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