Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

The one state that didn't see a spike? Percentage increases over this time ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota.

The suicide deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade are sending shockwaves across the country as suicide rates have increased more than 25 percent since 1999, according to experts.

Police say she hanged herself inside her NY apartment. Here in Georgia rates have increased 16 percent in the past 20 years.

"The data tells us that people are experiencing crisis more", Stohlmann-Rainey said. "To remain steady, we and our communities are working very hard for prevention".

For support outside of the USA, a worldwide directory of resources and global hotlines is provided by the global Association for Suicide Prevention.

For those living anywhere else the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide can provide contact details for suicide help.

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. "There are always questions about why and what could have been done to prevent it". Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in these states, along with Vermont, New Hampshire and SC, rose 38 percent to 58 percent. The number of suicides during that period peaked in 2014, when the state saw 606 suicides, the CDC reported. In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.

A new study on suicide trends in 27 states found that many victims acted after relationship problems or loss; substance misuse; physical health problems; or job, money, legal or housing stress. That age group also had the highest rate.

Despite an increased awareness and more help available than ever before, there is still a stigma attached to reaching out for help.

The most common method used to end one's life in the USA is by firearm.

" The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), a network of crisis centers, provides free and confidential counseling around the clock for people in distress, including emotional support, resources for callers and their loved ones, and best practices for professionals".

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