The 'trend' that is troubling the US

Bessie Dean
June 10, 2018

When a high-profile person dies by suicide, the "celebrity-suicide effect" can lead to a rise in copycat deaths.

There's also no single cause for suicide.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older lost their lives to suicide.

"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said.

USA suicide rates have increased more than 25 percent since 1999, according a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

North Dakota experienced the greatest increase (57 percent).

"People can live with suicidal thoughts for weeks, months, years and, you know, what are the triggering events that push them from living with thoughts to having a plan and then acting on that plan?" said George Austin with the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Statistically, the rates of suicide in the United States are increasing, meaning that while Bourdain's and Spade's passings can be a shock to millions, they are not as unusual as they may seem.

The rates also climbed among all age groups, except for people over the age of 74.

The Vital Signs study shows 58.6 percent increase in the state's rates, which is at least ten percent higher than the next state, which is Vermont. Mental disorders are the most common, including severe depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia. "Opioids were present in 31 percent of individuals who died by poisoning".

Suicide and mental health shouldn't be taboo subjects to talk about.

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Schuchat noted that the researchers "focused in on 27 states where we have extensive data from the death investigations to try to understand the factors or circumstances leading up to suicide". For those without known mental health conditions, 55 percent used firearms.

They might have increased anxiety, feel trapped, have extreme mood swings or become angrier.

"We don't have all the answers". If you know someone at risk of suicide, there are five steps you can take: 1.

Recent government reports have highlighted rising rates of suicide among women.

Oregon's rate climbed to 17.8 suicide deaths per 100,000.

Suicide rates have waxed and waned over the country's history and tend to reach highs in hard times.

"When you talk to them and they seem exhausted", Stamper said.

"We have a long way to go to strengthen our community and health systems to make sure when someone is at risk we get them to care", Jerry Reed, an executive committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, told The Wall Street Journal.

Loved ones might not have been aware of a mental health condition.

Telling media to share "stories of hope and healing" reads like Dr. Phil integrative medicine advice, not sound mental health policy.

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