How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

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The CDC report was released at a time of heightened attention to the issue with the suicide this week of fashion designer Kate Spade.

The CDC's new report came just days after news that designer Kate Spade took her life in her NY apartment. "She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease", he wrote.

If you or a loved one are struggling, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. "However, with the right community support in place, we can better reach those who might be feeling hopeless and alone and connect them to help", Bob Gebbia, who works with the Action Alliance and is CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said in the Alliance's statement.

Suicide rates climbed more than 30 percent in half the states, and 54 percent of the people who died by suicide didn't have a known mental-health condition, the report found. In the USA, to nobody's surprise, firearms are the most commonly used method, accounting for 41 percent of suicides of people with known mental-health conditions, and 55 percent of those without, according to the CDC report.

But the hope in knowing that so numerous millions of Americans who struggle with mental health issues go on to recovery can seem hard to focus on amid tragedies such as this week's public deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, said office director Sarah Brummett. It's also just one of three leading causes on the rise. The gun shops have been receptive, she said.

"Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide", the CDC report notes.

Among those who committed suicide who did not have a known psychiatric condition, 84 percent were men and 16 percent were women.

Buhse said anyone anxious about a friend or loved one should check in on them and use a direct approach.

The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week reflect what federal health officials say is a rising trend nationwide.

The CDC reports that suicides from opioid overdoses almost doubled between 1999 and 2014.

Solutions for curbing the suicide rate include states and communities identifying and supporting those at risk, teaching coping and problem solving skills, promoting safe and supportive environments, and offering more activities to bring people together.

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CDC is very good about aggressive over-diagnosis in some areas, e-cigarettes and pre-diabetes are prominent examples where they defied the science consensus to embrace the precautionary principle, so it is inconsistent to be urging caution about the role of mental health in suicides. The numbers were highest among non-Hispanic whites, and among those ages 45 to 65 years old.

NY saw a roughly 30 percent jump since 1999, mirroring the nationwide rate for the same period, according to the agency, which examined state-level trends in suicide rates from that year through 2016.

Researchers say the nation's suicide rate is lowest in Washington D.C. and highest in Montana.

"We are highly aware we still have high rates, but we will never give up".

Overall, the rate rose to 15.4 per 100,000 in 2014-2016 from 12.3 per 100,000 in 1999-2001.

Despite the increase, MA still has one of the nation's lowest per capita suicide rates, ranking 48th.

Vermont is home to a high proportion of white people, and whites as a group have higher suicide rates than ethnic groups. Crisis hotlines can save lives; so can psychiatric treatment.

Suicides are rarely caused by a single factor, however.

From 2007 to 2017, the number of suicides in Cuyahoga County has gradually increased, with some years being much worse than others, according to Hugh Shannon at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. "There are other factors going on", said Heisig.

In 2015, most of the people who died by their own hands had alcohol or some sort drug in their blood, including tranquilizers like Valium or Xanax, and opioids. Guns were the most common method of suicide, the study found.

They say suicide is a major issue that needs to be tackled together.

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