How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Rates of increase varied.

The suicide rate is up in almost every state since 1999, including Pennsylvania, where it has risen by more than 30 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall rise nationwide is about 25%. The CDC lists its own recommendations for policies, programs and prevention practices here, including strengthening economic supports to ease financial strains; creating protective environments where people live and work; and promoting connectedness in communities.

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).

Second, following the old adage "birds of a feather flock together", some have argued that depressed teens may simply befriend one another, which explains why groups of friends have similar suicide rates (and which contradicts the theory of suicide contagion).

"It's not just about firearms", Deborah Stone, the lead author of the study, told NPR. But in some states, the increases are staggering. The rural nature of the state cuts both ways, she said. People also tend to be more isolated, without access to proper care.

It is hitting many places especially hard.

Debra L. Wentz is president and CEO of New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies Inc.

"Cut it however you want", the Harvard School of Public Health's Deborah Azrael put it in 2013. "In terms of training mental health professionals, we're not doing a great job".

It is now the 10 leading cause of death in this country. "I can't believe they got cancer.' But we still say that about suicide or depression", said Smith.

"A person thinks, 'I shouldn't have these thoughts, ' or 'I'll be viewed as weak, '" Hinshaw said in an email. "Nobody in their family is going do that".

Every day, 123 Americans commit suicide.

But the report found that many people who committed suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental illness. He hypothesized that the reason men are disproportionately affected is because men are generally taught from a young age that they must deal with their problems on their own.

'This kind of "perfectionism" not only affects women, but, in light of Spade's suicide, it is something we can highlight, ' she added'.

"It's not a simplistic 'they have mental issues, they killed themselves'".

"CDC data shows that suicide happens to everybody", he said.

Veterans are also "overrepresented" in the report, she said. "Some coroners go back and do a thorough investigation, some don't". Relationships problems were considered a factor in 42 percent of suicides, followed by a recent life crises in 29 percent of cases, and substance use in 28 percent.

"Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality", said Greg Lakin, the chief medical officer of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Our study has several interesting implications for suicide prevention.

"We can't take for granted that everyone learns this by some magic formula", Dr Reed says. We're all exposed to suicide at some point, whether it's through reading Romeo and Juliet or simply watching the news.

George Sanders, the droll character actor known for his roles in "All About Eve" and "Rebecca", was in poor health in his final years and left a note saying he was "bored".

Prof Cerel described it as having a "safety plan".

Are you thinking about hurting yourself? Can you look at pictures of your kids or watch amusing cat videos?

That figure still ranks only 38th among states, but the state's 40 percent increase since 1999 was the eighth-steepest rise.

Doctors say there are warning signs a person needs immediate help.

  • Joanne Flowers