What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

Suicide rates rising 'significantly' across America CDC reveals in new report

Designer Kate Spade 55 was found dead insisde her Manhattan apartment early Tuesday

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control released a report that shows suicide rates have risen sharply in the United States. During the study period, rate increases ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota. In the East, Vermont, New Hampshire and SC saw dramatic spikes as well.

Summers said the key takeaway from the report is that the entire country is experiencing greater suicide rates than in the past. The more firearm-saturated population experienced about twice as many suicide deaths overall. 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.

"Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor", the CDC reports.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", said CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. "You may notice more stress, they may have lost a loved one, lost a job, getting a divorce, in financial trouble, and talking like life would be better without them".

"I think it's a tragic statistic, and it points to the fact that we need to redouble our efforts at suicide prevention", Summers said.

The national rate increased as well, jumping 25 percent over the same time frame. "Anyone contemplating suicide should know that help is available, and that there is no shame in seeking care for your mental health", Dr Altha Stewart of the American Psychiatric Association said in a statement.

The peer-support line lets callers speak to someone who has gone through a mental health or substance-abuse crisis.

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If this person talks or behaves in a way that makes you believe that he or she may try to attempt suicide, then get help from a trained professional as quickly as possible.

The CDC report comes at a time of heightened attention to the issue with the suicide this week of designer Kate Spade. In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.

Two celebrity suicides in one week also threw this problem into sharp relief.

The CDC said "everyone can help prevent suicide" by learning the warning signs, reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, and by contacting the national suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-TALK for help.

There were almost 45,000 suicides in 2016, the new government report showed.

Gordon said doctors need to ask patients at every opportunity about their mental health and evaluate their risk for suicide. Follow up to see how they're doing.

Mental Health First Aid: 8-hour sessions give people a 5-step action plan that includes the skills, resources, and knowledge to recognize if someone needs help and how to get it for them.

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