How to have tough conversations about mental health

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

Suicide rose in every state except Nevada, where the slight decline was largely due to a consistently high rate of suicides there - 23.1 per 100,000.

This week the CDC released new data that shows from 1999 to 2016 suicide rates increased more than 30 percent in 25 states. Those who misuse opioids on a weekly basis attempt suicide at a rate of 200 percent more than others. The highest increases were seen among teens ages 15 to 17 years old. Here in Georgia rates have increased 16 percent in the past 20 years.

Almost 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016 and according to the CDC two-thirds of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides, the BBC reports.

Some factors that contribute to suicide are relationship problems, physical health problems, loss of housing, and a crisis from the past.

Solutions for curbing the suicide rate include states and communities identifying and supporting those at risk, teaching coping and problem solving skills, promoting safe and supportive environments, and offering more activities to bring people together.

"Everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director. It's widespread across the country, impacting every single age group and demographic in America.

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The study also found that 54% of individuals who killed themselves had not been diagnosed with a mental-health condition.

Bourdain's death was caused by suicide. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the USA, and rates have been climbing steadily for years.

Marx says people should be able to offer someone in need the resources needed to get help. Guns are still the most common means of suicide, accounting for about half of all suicide deaths in the US. "So, when you put those things together, it can be hard to find help even when you want it", Trisha Kajimura, Mental Health America of Hawai'i Executive Director, said.

If you or someone you know needs help the Hamilton Center has staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"One of the big myths about suicide is that talking about it is going to put the idea in someone's head", said Jessica Jones, program promotion coordinator for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

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