How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

09 June, 2018, 02:49 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • CDC report reveals more than 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016

Americans are clearly searching for answers; how can we better help each other?

Two high-profile deaths by suicide - those of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain - were met with an outpouring of grief from fans this week.

This May 13, 2004 photo shows designer Kate Spade during an interview in NY. In West Gosh, a murder-suicide was carried out by former pro wrester Charles Williams, known as the "Rockin' Rebel".

Indiana's suicide rate increased 31 percent between 1999 and 2016.

CDC researchers examined state-level suicide rate trends between 1999 and 2016 in the "Vital Signs" report released Thursday afternoon, and also analyzed 2015 data covering 27 states from the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System to study the circumstances of suicide among people with and without known mental health conditions. Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota Kansas, Oklahoma and Minnesota all saw suicide rate increases between 38 and 58 percent. Suicide is one of three causes of death on the rise and is the 10th leading cause of death.

Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Ohio's suicide rate rose 31-37 percent since the turn of the century. On the other hand, it's always been known that a person's outer facade can mask severe turmoil within. And on Friday, "Kitchen Confidential" author Bourdain, 61, was found dead in his French hotel room, which CNN confirmed was also a suicide. Tell the person you care about them and that you want to help them.

"Warning signs are pretty simple", Mr. Madigan said, such as a sudden rise in anxiety, mood swings, and alcohol and drug use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released staggering data comparing the suicide rate in the United States in 1999-2000 to 2015-2016.

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Suicide rates have increased in almost every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent. "The widespread nature of the increase, in every state but one, really suggests that this is a national problem hitting most communities". While non-firearm suicides were basically equivalent in both groups, firearm suicides were about four times more prevalent in the latter. "It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention". In fact, many reliable tools for screening youth for suicide include questions about exposure to suicide.

Chelsea Brasted contributed to this report.

Wallin, the Camp Hill area psychiatrist, said she is struck by the prevalence of "loneliness" in people who are depressed. But I do know what it's like to have depression, and what it feels like to be on the edge of that kind of decision.

Texting can be devoid of emotion. Offer them hope and encourage them to seek counseling or support.

"Some people can go for days without talking to a soul", she says. Those of us who have been fortunate enough never to suffer from the darkest depths of depression and suicidal ideation can't begin to relate to what this experience is like.

Of those who took their own lives, fewer than half had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, the report says. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods. The person may need to be hospitalized until the suicidal crisis has passed.

Suicide tends to attract people's attention when it happens to someone who is famous and visible in the media.

"A lot of suicide is a one-time effort, so having guns available, for example, makes one more likely to complete suicide, but that in and of itself is not an explanation for why suicide is going up", Galea said. That's because people in the depths of a depression can lack the energy to carry out a suicide.

Many have noted that it seems easier to express sorrow about celebrities than to reach out to those close to them.


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