How to have tough conversations about mental health
- Author: Ismael Montgomery Jun 11, 2018,
Jun 11, 2018, 0:28
Research shows suicides are up in nearly every state across the country.
Suicide rates in the United States have surged by 30 percent in almost all states since 1999, indicating how it has become a major problem in the country.
"Suicide is just one of the three leading causes of death that are on the rise", the CDC's principal deputy director, Dr Anne Schuchat, said in a media briefing.
Formed in 2016, the group has made multiple efforts to slow suicide rates, but the work never ends. Out of the 10 leading causes of death suicide is the only leading cause that has not seen a decrease in the numbers.
The CDC suggested a wide-ranging list of ways for communities to help those contemplating suicide.
While she says she's troubled by the recent high profile suicides, she is thrilled that people are now talking about the problem.
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"It used to be that we didn't even talk about mental health, and certainly not suicide".
There's also no single cause for suicide.
"For many of us who have been close to someone or lost someone we know that suicide happens and that we know it's a real risk out there". 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.
Abby Litovski is over the center's crisis and suicide line program and says since news of the suicides came out, they have certainly gotten an increase in calls this week.
"A celebrity's suicide can create a contagion that we want to be aware of and those individuals who are a risk, who might be connected to that celebrity, we want to reach out to them", Egan said.
" 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".
While other problems like relationships, substance use, and money often contribute to suicide, Olson says sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly how North Dakota's rates have risen so much.