How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

Suicide Rates Increase in Nearly All States

The CDC recommended a broad approach to suicide prevention, including boosting economic support by states, supporting family and friends after a suicide, and identifying and supporting people at risk for suicide.

Suicide presents a "growing public health problem", with significant increases in 44 of the 50 states, said the report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ms. Spade and Mr. Bourdain are now among the approximately 45,000 suicides each year in the United States.

In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate has jumped more than 34 percent. While the suicide rate increased in women, it's still 3 to 5 times higher in men.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide increased across 49 states, with 25 of those seeing an increase by nearly a third, the CDC's Vital Signs report shows.

CDC officials said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. almost 45,000 people died by suicide nationwide in 2016, the report found.

Prevention efforts, often focused on mental health, could be broadened to focus on people undergoing life stresses like job losses or divorces, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a media briefing.

An individual who has mental health condition was also urged to talk to someone from their religious community whom they trust or join a support group.

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and rates have been climbing steadily for years.

If you are anxious about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.

If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Marilyn Pasquarelli, a licensed professional counselor at Westbrook Health Services, said people need to remove the stigma of mental health issues.

Little says you need to be willing to be able to ask the hard and uncomfortable questions to make sure the people you love are okay.

High suicide rates have largely been associated with younger populations, but middle age suicides are beginning to rise throughout the country, a new report says. Suffocation, including hanging, was the next most-common method, followed by poisoning.

The CDC said many people associate mental-health conditions with suicide, but it's rare for a single factor to lead someone to take their own life.

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