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CDC: Suicide Rates Rising Across US

Suicide rates up more than 30 percent in half of U.S. states, CDC says

"Something's going on that's different than it used to be, more people are taking their own lives".

The CDC report comes at a time of heightened attention to the issue with the suicides this week of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and CNN correspondent Anthony Bourdain.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.

Social isolation, lack of mental-health treatment, drug and alcohol abuse and gun ownership are among the factors that contribute to suicide. The state also has a higher rate of suicide among young people.

Rural states, she explained, are still recovering from economic downturns and residents tend to be more isolated, without access to proper care.

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One factor in the rising rate, say mental health professionals as well as economists, sociologists and epidemiologists, is the Great Recession that hit 10 years ago.

According to the Nevada DHHS statistics, 57 percent of suicides are carried out with a firearm. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.

"A big problem that has not yet been addressed in practice is that we continue to rely nearly entirely on people themselves to proactively tell us if they are suicidal", said Matthew Nock, a professor of psychology at Harvard University.

The latest report, released Thursday, found that 45,000 people died by suicide in 2018.

"The crisis center has always been a very busy unit for Journey Mental Health", said Peter Zallar, Journey Mental Health. Digging deeper, the researchers found that several circumstances, including the loss of (or problems in) a relationship, were more likely to trigger a suicide among those who did not have a mental health condition. While experts say additional resources help, it's still a problem.

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Sikora, who lost her sister to suicide in 2001, is the western Pennsylvania director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

North Dakota reported the highest figures with a 57.6 percent increase, which was almost 10 percent more than any other state.

Idaho's suicide prevention advocates are gearing up for the 4th Annual Western States Conference on Suicide.

Buhse said anyone anxious about a friend or loved one should check in on them and use a direct approach. "Over time, I figured out and learned through trial and error what worked for me to get past that feeling", said Mike Bushman of Naperville. For those who don't understand depression, when someone is in that place it's not because they want to's because the ongoing, relentless darkness is too painful to endure anymore.

You can also reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 if you are concerned about your mental health or someone else's.

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