Suicide rates have been rising significantly in nearly every state; in both men and women; and across all age and ethnic groups, according to an alarming new CDC report released the same week that both fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain reportedly took their own lives. Brown explains that there are many reasons why people choose to take their own life.
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In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.
Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.
These data, derived from the National Violent Death Reporting System, showed that 54 percent of those who committed suicide in 2015 did not have a known mental health condition.
He also noted that, despite the higher volume of calls, people should know that their call will not go unanswered. "But these issues were [found] in all, with or without a mental health condition". The most recent rates, for the years 2014 to 2016, ranged from a low of 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to a high of 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana.
"For a long, long time we looked at suicide simply through the lens of mental health", Reed said.
Suicides have gone up in the United States since 1999, according to the CDC, but then state it is more than a mental health issue.
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"The crisis center has always been a very busy unit for Journey Mental Health", said Peter Zallar, Journey Mental Health.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports suicide happens often times without warning.
Suicide by stateThe study also broke down the data by state and found suicide rates varied widely.
From 2007 to 2017, the number of suicides in Cuyahoga County has gradually increased, with some years being much worse than others, according to Hugh Shannon at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. But other problems - such as the loss of a relationship, financial setbacks, substance abuse and eviction - were common precursors, both among those who had a mental health diagnosis and those who did not.
The CDC found that suicides had increased in every state except Nevada, where they decreased by 1 percent. Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them.
Buhse said anyone anxious about a friend or loved one should check in on them and use a direct approach.
If you or someone you love needs help, the National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text "talk" to 741741. "Are they going to take the next step?" he said. "We don't think every single suicide can be prevented, but many are preventable".