What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

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On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control released a report that shows suicide rates have risen sharply in the United States.

On Friday morning, it was announced that world-renowned chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain took his own life in France.

Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and is one of three leading causes that are on the rise, the CDC said. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses. Studies have debunked the idea that asking people whether they have thought about harming themselves will increase suicides or suicidal thoughts. "Essentially every age group other than those over 75".

Researchers looked at a 16-month time period between January 2015 and April 2016 when there were 61 deaths in New Orleans that were classified as suicides.

Suicide rates are up 31 percent over the last 15 years, and many employees, underpaid and overworked, are stressed.

"Any change in behavior patterns, withdrawing, sadness, irritability, anger, and losing their temper more quickly - those would all be indicators that possibly that person's mental health is deteriorating", says Dr. Christine Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Physical health problems were present in about a fifth of suicide victims, the CDC found. Teens in North Dakota are three times more likely to die by suicide, Public News Service reported previous year.

States in the midwest saw the most dramatic spikes, and North Dakota had the highest increase in such deaths, with a 57.6 percent jump.

The report also studied the reasons surrounding suicides. Though it's not clear why, there are some hints that the economic effects of the Great Recession of 2008 could be partly responsible.

More than 90 percent of people who have attempted suicide survive, according to the director of Colorado's Office of Suicide Prevention. She has started a foundation in memory of her father called Jerry's Walk and she now serves as president of the board at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.

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.

Mental health experts with the CDC say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor.

"Suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said. And we need to destigmatize mental illness and suicide.

The CDC recommends five steps to help someone at risk.

Rhode Island and CT are among the 10 states with the lowest suicide rates, while ME is in the top quarter. Suicide is very often an impulsive act, and a person who contemplates it can readily survive if no lethal weapon is at hand. Among middle-age people across the country, marriage rates have declined, and social isolation has increased. It's also just one of three leading causes on the rise. "A lot of them say it's glorified and not accurate at all", Brown said. "We want improved access to care and better diagnostics, but we think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what is needed".

Suicide rates are also rising worldwide, with some one million people dying annually from suicide. No one cares about me. "It's really realizing that is' worth that fight, because it really is a fight", Bushamn said. "If someone mentions those sorts of things, dig a little bit deeper". If you suspect someone of needing immediate help, call 911. It could be someone you are anxious about.

The study serves as a reminder, she says, that if someone in your life recently lost a job, ended a relationship, or is having some other life crisis, it's important to reach out.

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