What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

Carla Harmon
June 9, 2018

After actor Robin Williams died by suicide in 2014, for example, researchers tracked a 10% increase in suicide deaths over the next four months, likely in part due to a high volume of detailed news stories.

"We are highly aware we still have high rates, but we will never give up". More than half did not have a known mental health diagnosis.

Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said that suicides can be "contagious" - hearing about one may make others who are already at risk turn to self-harm.

The Centers For Disease Control reports a almost 30 percent increase in suicides over the last 20 years.

"We have worked really hard to explain to the public that suicide is not simply a matter of too much stress, but that it involves the identification and treatment of mental disorders as one important component", he said.


There are financial and structural impediments to seeking help, but there are also cultural barriers. "We know that suicide is not exclusive to people struggling with mental health issues, so there's something else going on".

She also notes that some western states have some of the highest rates of suicide historically, which could be related to the fact that they tend to be more rural. He hypothesized that the reason men are disproportionately affected is because men are generally taught from a young age that they must deal with their problems on their own.

"We know that prevention programs work and can be effective in reducing this tragedy", Shuchat said.

Tens of thousands of Americans die by suicide each year.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates increased more than 25%, across age, gender, race and ethnicity. But in some states, the increases are staggering.


Brown said warning signs can include something as simple as talkative people becoming more quiet or the opposite- those who are normally quiet becoming more verbal; or letting their hygiene go as well as verbal cues. Finding economic circumstances was a major contributing factor, especially during the Great Recession (2008). Suicide is preventable, and it's rarely caused by a single factor.

Bourdain took his own life, CNN said Friday.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have concerns about someone who may be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Only one state, Nevada, had a decrease in its rate (1 percent).

Dr Jerry Reed of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention told the BBC says that while there is "definitely a relationship between serious mental illness and suicidal behaviour", experts have found it is not just a mental health challenge. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

"Suicide prevention is the responsibility of the entire community and requires vision, will and a commitment from the state, communities and individuals of OR", the agency says in its formal youth suicide prevention and intervention plan.


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