How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

Suicide is "a tragedy for families and communities across the country", said CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat.

According to the CDC report, the number of suicides has increased by more than 30 percent in half of the states in the US, and more than half of the people who died by suicide didn't have a known mental health condition.

The report comes in light of two high-profile suicides this week.

"It's preventable; that's the key", said Richard Egan, suicide and training outreach at the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention.

In more than half of the suicides in the 27 states, the person had no known mental health condition.

"While suicide is nobody's fault, it's everybody's problem, and we all have a role to play in preventing suicide", Staley said.

"We need to talk about mental illness as a real thing and do not be judgmental, have compassion".

In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate has jumped more than 34 percent. While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation.

He also said with the school year coming to an end for many districts, keep a close eye on your kids.

The most common method used to end one's life in the United States is by firearm. The rates varied widely from state to state: 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana. Rates increased significantly among males in 34 states and females in 43 states.

North Dakota experienced the greatest increase (57 percent).

"The findings further reinforce the need to address suicide prevention through a robust, coordinated, multisector approach that combines health care system efforts with community efforts", the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention said in a statement about the report.

Locally, the Laredo Health Department have seen a decrease in suicide from 2015 to 2018, with 41 reported suicides.

The World Health Organization- Philippines is encouraging individuals who are battling mental health problems to seek support from their families or health professionals.

- Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

The National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK or text "TALK" to 741741. All calls are confidential.

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