Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
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Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

Suicide rates inched up in almost every US state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday.

While those two deaths made headlines nationally, the sad fact is that suicide is becoming a major issue in our country, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noting that in 2016, it was the leading cause of death for Americans.

According to the CDC, the suicide rate increased by about 1% every year from 2000 to 2016, then doubled to 2% increases every year from 2006 to 2016.

Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute on Mental Health, said that worry amongst people studying the phenomenon is growing.

Suicide rates from 1999 to 2016 increased in all age groups younger than 75 years, with the greatest increase shown in "middle-aged adults" aged 45 to 64 years.

"As human beings we're prone to many things in the human condition", says Moutier, "We all face challenges and some of us - to no fault of our own - have a genetic loading for different things like depression, anxiety, addiction and even suicide risks specifically".

"Because people so rarely talk about suicide, the days on which we talk about nearly nothing else hit especially hard".


Family members or friends concerned about someone who is struggling can ask directly about suicide and remove firearms or any other means the person is considering from the home, said Jennifer Stuber, director of Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Another recent example of this was with the release of the highly controversial Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why, which depicts the suicide of a high school student - and which, according to one study, prompted a swift 20 percent rise in Google queries about suicide.

More proactive reporting of suicide in the healthcare workforce may help us begin to understand the drivers for suicide among healthcare workers.

N.H. seeks solutions for rising suicide rate. "That's what we're here for", said Larkin to USA Today. "A traumatic event is a strong data point, any significant life event that the person is presenting saying they are baffled and are running out of solutions to their problems".

"People are afraid to say they need help". It should also serve as a clarion call for all to vow to aggressively address the underlying mental-health and other causes of suicide and to commit to reducing its appalling toll. The report found that the most common contributing factors include relationship problems, financial issues, substance abuse, physical health problems. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

"Someone will be there to talk to you, there are people at counseling centers all over town that want to help". That's how most local media tend to cover single suicides as well, which is to say nearly not at all.

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