How to have tough conversations about mental health

Kenny Tucker
June 11, 2018

Previous studies have suggested economic downturns and the nation's opioid crisis contributed to the rise in middle-aged suicides. Of the 25 states where the suicide rate increase by more than 30 percent, the most noticeable rises occurred in western states.

"I think it's possible that we have some underrecognition of mental health conditions in our data, both because conditions haven't been formally diagnosed and because those left behind might not have been aware of the diagnosis", Schuchat said. Substance abuse was also common among those who died by suicide, particularly among those with a known history of mental health conditions.

The report calls on state and local communities, health care providers, and individuals to take steps to prevent suicide.

Experts said some people also don't get help because they feel they can afford it.

Close to 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016, more than double the amount who died from homicide.

More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use and financial crises.

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The CDC also noted that suicide rates have increased 30 percent in more than half the states from 1999 to 2016. Every state but Nevada saw an increase in suicide rates during that time, the CDC reported.

Looking at CDC figures from 2014, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 10-34.

The increasing suicide rates are the result of a number of factors. "There's people out there like us who want to help and this is never your only option".

- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain", CNN said in a statement to INSIDER on Friday morning. In contrast, 12 out of 100,000 people died from suicide in 2012.

If you are having thoughts of suicide then please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-talk (8255), or the Suicide Crisis Line, at 1-800-784-2433.

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