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Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone”

As to why suicide rates are up, the CDC report offered this: "During 1999-2016, suicide rates increased significantly in 44 states, and 25 states experienced increases (greater than) 30 percent".

Advocates with the IN chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are IN Washington this week, along with others from across the country, meeting with members of Congress and stressing the importance of funding for suicide prevention efforts, research and mental health resources.

The National Violent Death Reporting System in 2015 said of 27 reporting states including Kansas, 54 percent of suicides were completed by people who did not have a history of mental illness.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control released its latest suicide data, revealing that almost 45,000 people committed suicide in 2016. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

More Americans of all stripes are committing suicide every year, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. "Even more with our young people".

"As long as we all just work together and make it aware we're all here for each other then I think eventually we'll be able to talk about it more".

kizzzbeth/Flickr The reasons why suicide rates are climbing may be as complex as the solutions.

"The research is really clear that these calls have been shown to reduce emotional distress and suicidal crisis", Mr. Draper said. "Talk to them, ask if they need help, and know the resources that are available". She says such subtle symptoms as someone losing their temper more easily or whose sleep patterns and normal behavior have changed should prompt a caring conversation that might avert a potential tragedy. "A traumatic event is a strong data point, any significant life event that the person is presenting saying they are baffled and are running out of solutions to their problems". "Those without a known mental health condition suffered more from relationship problems and other life stressors such as criminal/legal matters, eviction/loss of home, and recent or impending crises". Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

The phenomenon is often referred to as "suicide contagion", defined by the Department of Health and Human Services as an increase in suicides due to "the exposure to suicide or suicidal behaviors within one's family, one's peer group, or through media reports of suicide".

Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is a major risk factor for suicide.



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