How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

09 June, 2018, 22:32 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is rarely caused by a single factor experts say

But public health officials have been training gun shop owners on what to do when a customer might be suicidal. "There's a lot of factors that go into it but that's another big piece of that report that came out", said Heisig. In less than a decade the rate of suicides in OH has gone up 36 percent meaning an average of about 5 people a day now die from suicide in Ohio.

Suicide rates were four times greater in the highest state compared with the lowest when calculated on an annual basis during the most recent time period, 2014 to 2016.

Suicide rates are higher in rural areas, with the gap between rates in urban and rural areas widening, with 2007 seeing the gap begin to widen more quickly, the CDC reports.

And the controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why", which follows a high school girl who takes her own life after being bullied and sexually assaulted, has sparked discussion about the alarming rates of teen suicide, in particular, which has also seen a frightening increase.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the country, according to the report. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

"Suicide is more than a mental health issue", the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a media briefing Thursday. "From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide".

For support outside of the USA, a worldwide directory of resources and global hotlines is provided by the global Association for Suicide Prevention.

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"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. This conference will strengthen the resources available to all people and help to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and suicide. "Focusing suicide prevention efforts exclusively in health care settings is insufficient".

Recommendations include comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention, which requires coordination from every sector of society from the government to community organizations.

"People should know that suicide is preventable".

The CDC recommends five steps to help someone at risk.

And people who survive the - the other one is lethal means restriction, taking away the things that they use to kill themselves, so putting nets up on bridges, so they can't jump, removing firearms from someone who is in crisis, someone who has a stash of pills, holding on to those.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

"When you talk to them and they seem exhausted", Stamper said.

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