How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Carla Harmon
June 10, 2018

A lot of those states with the highest suicide rates happen to be in the Midwest where there are lower populations and more rural areas.

Staley said although he wasn't surprised by the numbers in the new CDC report, suicide death rates appear to have held steady in most recent years.

In an effort to curb the trend, the state created a suicide prevention task force earlier this year.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in Minnesota increased across age, sex and racial groups.

Opioids were present in 31 percent of those who died by suicide.


Minnesota's rates were up 40 percent, and South Dakota was up 44 percent.

The CDC found that suicides had increased in every state except Nevada, where they decreased by 1 percent. Suicide is often attributed to mental health problems but many who die in this way did not have a diagnosed condition.

Numerous factors seem to increase the risk of suicide, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health challenges, financial issues or legal problems, the report found. Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2015, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Suicide is just one of the three leading causes of death that are on the rise", the CDC's principal deputy director, Dr Anne Schuchat, said in a media briefing. Utah continues to have one of the nation's highest rates for such deaths.

"It's important that we think about this in more broad terms than just as a mental health condition", Schuchat says.


In 2016, almost 45,000 Americans ages 10 or older died by suicide, making it one of the country's top 10 causes of death.

Following the death of Anthony Bourdain, those who work is suicide prevention say they're expecting to see an increase in the number of calls. Keep firearms and drugs out of the hands of those at risk are common sense, unless you don't know half of suicides were at risk.

"There are people that think about suicide, and they think, 'Well, they (celebrities) were fearless enough to do it, '" she said.

Need help? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The World Health Organization- Philippines is encouraging individuals who are battling mental health problems to seek support from their families or health professionals.


"We have to change culture around mental health, giving help and support", said Allen.

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