How to have tough conversations about mental health

Glen Mclaughlin
June 11, 2018

Click for more information about the rising trend of suicide in the U.S.

Across the country, suicide rates - the number of suicide deaths per 100,000 people - rose by more than 25 percent from 1999 to 2016. And so, that's one of the things that this study really shows us. Outside of the US, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

"I think when someone considers suicide they think it's their only option and it's a scary option but the pain they're going through has gotten them to that place", Litovski says.

Despite an increased awareness and more help available than ever before, there is still a stigma attached to reaching out for help. In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 USA citizens over the age of 10 died by suicide.

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

While other problems like relationships, substance use, and money often contribute to suicide, Olson says sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly how North Dakota's rates have risen so much.

But the according to the report, more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. "They have a stereotype in their mind of the person who takes their life and why". Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase.

Suicide rates have increased in almost every USA state, including New Jersey, between 1999 and 2016, according to newly released data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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She said hearing about one suicide may make others who are already at risk turn to self-harm.

The study also broke down the data by state and found suicide rates varied widely.

"That includes a professional to help them with their thoughts of suicide", Egan said.

"We can't rationalize an irrational mind", she said.

"People should know that suicide is preventable".

The most common method used to end one's life in the U.S. is by firearm. Dr. Cruz says suicide prevention is all about getting people the right information before it is too late.

If you or anyone you know may be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or message the Crisis Text Line "GOT5" to 741-741.

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