How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is rarely caused by a single factor experts say

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is rarely caused by a single factor experts say

SUICIDE WARNING SIGNSThere are several risk factors that can lead to suicide. The state also has a higher rate of suicide among young people.

Since her father's suicide, Williams has committed herself to the cause of suicide prevention and education.

Summers said the key takeaway from the report is that the entire country is experiencing greater suicide rates than in the past.

In exactly half of USA states, the suicide rate increased more than 30 percent.

Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for nearly half of the people who died.

Although there is no single cause for suicide, information from coroners' reports suggests numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use, and financial crises, according to the CDC.

"The findings further reinforce the need to address suicide prevention through a robust, coordinated, multisector approach that combines health care system efforts with community efforts", the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention said in a statement about the report.

They say suicide is a major issue that needs to be tackled together.

In every state except Nevada, which saw a 1 percent decrease in suicide deaths, the number of people taking their own lives has risen.

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The study found that suicide rates rose in men and women and across all age and ethnic groups, propelled by mental illness, substance use, financial hardship and relationship problems. "The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn't have to be a debate about the Second Amendment".

So, in order to get to treatment, you have to, A, increase the mental health resources upstream as far as possible, and, B, you have to destigmatize seeking treatment and receiving treatment.

Are you thinking about dying?

"Educating people about the ways they can get help, learning the warning signs, talking to each other, getting people better problem-solving skills, better access to health care, mental health specifically - we can definitely save lives by getting people the help that they need", Sikora said. "And there's good research to support that".

Other symptoms include: making jokes about suicide, past attempts, withdrawal from personal life, fatigue, and sleepiness.

Earlier this year Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new law that requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to report its progress and activity on suicide prevention every year.

He points out, for example, that the nation now has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults.

"Suicide is such a complex issue that it is really hard to point out any one reason why it's increasing in any one population", Brown said. "The idea that suicide is not preventable is completely fallacious".

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