How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Joann Johnston
June 9, 2018

Suicide, Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses are three leading causes of deaths with growing prevalence.

Nevada was the only state in the US included in the data that did not experience an increase from 1999 to 2016.

"Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem - and something that is all around us", Schuchat said.

Suicide rates are higher in rural areas, with the gap between rates in urban and rural areas widening, with 2007 seeing the gap begin to widen more quickly, the CDC reports.

The increases range from six percent in DE to 58 percent in North Dakota.

Rhode Island and CT are among the 10 states with the lowest suicide rates, while ME is in the top quarter.

The highest rise was seen in western states, with an over 57 percent increase recorded in North Dakota.

Ohio's suicide rate rose 31-37 percent since the turn of the century.

Utah recently passed legislation providing for better staffed, more effective 24-hour hotlines for those considering suicide or for people anxious about friends. Particularly hard-hit were middle-aged adults (those aged 45 to 64).

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. Everyone can help by learning the warning signs for suicide and how to respond.

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Rates varied widely across the country during the study period, from 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year killing themselves in Washington, D.C., to 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana - the highest in the country, followed by Alaska and Wyoming.

Dr. Deborah Stone, the CDC's lead researcher, told the BBC that while there is no single factor that leads to suicide, relationship issues and financial troubles tend to be top contributory factors.

Perhaps even more startling, in more than half of those suicide deaths, the people had no known mental health condition.

Bourdain and Spade died at 61 and 55, respectively - an age cohort with strikingly high suicide rates in the USA, according to the CDC. Employers, schools and communities can help people feel supported and unashamed to seek help. The organization also offers support through online chats. In Utah, you can access help through the SafeUT app or by calling its crisis line, 801-587-3000.

Looking for a way to kill oneself.

Talking about feeling hopeless or having no objective.

Acting anxious, agitated or reckless.

Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

If you or a loved one are struggling, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Save it in your phone contacts.

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