What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

Over 1,000 people die by suicide in our state each year, but the norm isn't suicide death.

The analysis found that slightly more than half of people who had committed suicide did not have any known mental health condition.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Schuchat said in a statement.

Signs and symptoms to look for include isolation, agitation, anger, alcohol or drug use and changes in sleep patterns.

Experts say confronting the issues needs to be a priority.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have concerns about someone who may be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The states with the greatest increase in suicides were North Dakota (57.6 percent), Vermont (48.6), New Hampshire (48.3) and Kansas (45).

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

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But the two deaths, along with stories about the rising suicide rate nationally, have led to increased attention to suicide and associated resources. It's also just one of three leading causes on the rise. And it's unfortunate that there's so much stigma attached both to mental health diagnoses and treatment and to suicide, still considered a very shameful thing in many places. The number of suicides during that period peaked in 2014, when the state saw 606 suicides, the CDC reported. About 45 percent were dealing with relationship problems or loss, about 51 percent experienced life stressors, and about 33 percent encountered recent crises. Rates increased in all US states except Nevada, where the rate was consistently high throughout the study period.

"Comprehensive statewide suicide prevention activities are needed to address the full range of factors contributing to suicide", the report said.

Haley Lillibridge, 25, answers the phone at CrisisLink, a suicide and crisis prevention hotline in Arlington, Virginia, on June 23, 2011.

"Most people that either attempt or complete suicide, they aren't so much wanting to die as they want to be out of the pain they are in", Summers said.

Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said that suicides can be "contagious" - hearing about one may make others who are already at risk turn to self-harm. She explains that she sought mental health help about 10 years ago, which has helped her immensely.

Thomas Delaney, a faculty member at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine who studies suicide, said Thursday that several aspects of Vermont life have been linked to higher rates of suicide.

When someone is at risk of committing suicide, he said, treat the situation as a "CPR intervention" and get help right away.

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