How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the country, according to the report.

The highest rise was seen in western states, with an over 57 percent increase recorded in North Dakota.

Locally, suicide rates in MA rose 35.3 percent between the years of 2009 and 2016; in New Hampshire suicides increased a staggering 48.3 percent over those seven years.

"Teaching coping skills and problem solving skills and providing access to services can help with those challenges", says the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat.

The CDC say the latest numbers show 45,000 people in America took their own lives in 2016, which was more than double the number of homicides that same year.

In Baltimore, about 53 people die from suicide annually, and 82 percent of those deaths occur among men, according to 2014 data from the Baltimore City Health Department. Rather, factors such as relationship problems or loss; substance abuse; physical health problems; as well as job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide. The stigma associated with mental illness or fear of seeking help is indicated by the statistic that more than half of suicide victims didn't have a known mental-health issue, she said.

Despite its many benefits, life in the limelight can be extremely isolating.

"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. "You never get used to it", Williams said.

The issue has attracted additional attention this week after the death of designer Kate Spade, who was reportedly dealing with depression and anxiety. The most common method, regardless of whether a mental health disorder had been diagnosed, was firearms.

Vermont is home to a high proportion of white people, and whites as a group have higher suicide rates than ethnic groups.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255.

The state with the lowest rise in its suicide rate was DE (5.9 percent). The state also has a higher rate of suicide among young people. She has started a foundation in memory of her father called Jerry's Walk and she now serves as president of the board at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. He added that the alliance is working with more than 250 hospitals to make sure that those treated after a suicide attempt are also connected to long-term mental health care. "There are other factors going on", said Heisig. But there are some warning signs to watch out for.

Suicide rates are also rising worldwide, with some one million people dying annually from suicide.

Brown said warning signs can include something as simple as talkative people becoming more quiet or the opposite- those who are normally quiet becoming more verbal; or letting their hygiene go as well as verbal cues.

Vanessa Coleman

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