The 'trend' that is troubling the US

The number of self-inflicted deaths in 2016 - roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Murray, Utah - placed suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

North Dakota experienced the greatest increase (57 percent). The World Health Organization estimates a global suicide rate of one death every 40 seconds, which by 2020 they predict will increase to one every 20 seconds.

"Many people who die by suicide do not have standard markers of suicidal behavior", said Mark Kaplan, professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Suicide by stateThe study also broke down the data by state and found suicide rates varied widely.

The 2nd Floor youth helpline confidentially serves youth and young adults ages 10-24, who have an issue or problem: 1-888-222-2228, or text at 888-222-2228. "The widespread nature of the increase, in every state but one, really suggests that this is a national problem hitting most communities".

"Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide", the CDC report notes. "We want them to have people they can call and contact both professional, and friends and family". Keep firearms and drugs out of the hands of those at risk are common sense, unless you don't know half of suicides were at risk.

On Friday, I spoke with Lisa Jarvis about her mental health journey, how it's come full-circle and how we can do something to change the stigma and the circumstances surrounding suicide.

But Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said that statistic must be viewed in context. During that time, the suicide rate went up 13 percent.

The answer may be that half of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Buhse said anyone anxious about a friend or loved one should check in on them and use a direct approach. "Men and Hispanics especially are less likely to seek help".

Of those included Anderson Cooper, who was holding back tears during the opening minutes of the special. the topic of suicide was particularly personal for him, as his older brother committed suicide back in 1988.

"CDC data shows that suicide happens to everybody", he said. "The differences in the prevalence of life stressors was very small, so it is hard to attribute suicide to life stress per se". If someone is an immediate threat of dying by suicide, call 911 or a crisis intervention line.

The CDC also recommends its own policies, programs and practices for prevention. "You never get used to it", Williams said. In the wake of these tragedies, three experts tell HL EXCLUSIVELY why celebrities commit suicide.

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