How to have tough conversations about mental health

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

More than half of the suicides in the CDC study happened without warning.

Federal funding for three key suicide-prevention programs has stayed stagnant for years - even as suicide rates have risen in almost every state across the country since the turn of the century, Sen.

"One of the big myths about suicide is that talking about it is going to put the idea in someone's head", said Jessica Jones, program promotion coordinator for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

"We need to talk about mental illness as a real thing and do not be judgmental, have compassion".

A frank approach can let the person know "you're not afraid" of the subject and you care enough to ask, she said.

In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

Between 1999 and 2016, the suicide rate in West Virginia increased 37.1%.

Formed in 2016, the group has made multiple efforts to slow suicide rates, but the work never ends.

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

Erika Winter's father, Jeff, took his own life.

The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade highlight a troubling trend - rising suicides among middle-aged Americans. Every state but Nevada saw its suicide rate rise over the past 15 years.

Alejo encourages anyone with thoughts of suicide or anyone needing help to reach out to pillar or other organizations.

Extensively reported cases can make suicide seem to be more of "a viable option" if rich, famous people "who seem like they have it all" made that decision, said Theresa Buhse, associate executive director of the Long Island Crisis Center in Bellmore.

"I think remaining steady is something to be recognized, but we can't celebrate that", said Allen. In contrast, 12 out of 100,000 people died from suicide in 2012.

Rather than speculating "why they did it", the public should focus on "how to prevent it", especially in the wake of celebrity suicides, Geddef said.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, self-harm, or is anxious, depressed, upset or needs to talk, call the 27/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line at 741-741.

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