Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

In North Dakota, the suicide rate increased by nearly 58 percent from 1999 to 2016, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With or without mental health conditions, people who commit suicide do so for a variety of reasons.

According to another report by the CDC, 10 out of 100,000 people died from suicide in 2005.

A range of strategies could help prevent suicides, from expanding access to mental and behavioral health care to improving education around individual coping skills and institutional supports, the report says. "Suicide has been kind of a taboo conversation for many years", says Chief Clinical Officer Kelly Olson.


Mental health problems, often undiagnosed, are usually involved and experts say knowing warning signs and who is at risk can help stop a crisis from becoming a tragedy. "We should also be learning what mental health is and what symptoms we can look for in ourselves as well as others".

Suffering through relationship problems, like a breakup or the end of a marriage, or losing a job can be critical times to reach out.

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. Her husband said in a statement on Wednesday that she had suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. Guns are still the most common means of suicide, accounting for about half of all suicide deaths in the US. The information on contributing factors reflect what family and friends told coroners and police in a subgroup of states participating in the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System. The rates varied widely from state to state: 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.

During the study period, suicide rates increased in almost all states, with increases ranging from about 6 percent in DE to 57 percent in North Dakota. You can call the national suicide hotline that is open 24/7.

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.

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