Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2018

Unlike the first nine causes, it doesn't fit neatly into a single disease category, like heart disease (No.1), cancer (No. 2) or diabetes (No. 7).

Suicide rates inched up in almost every US state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday.

Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute on Mental Health, said that worry amongst people studying the phenomenon is growing. Such a red-flag law has been proposed in ME, but stalled in the Legislature.

So what is it about reports and even fictionalized depictions of suicide that can set off some individuals?

With the recent press surrounding celebrity deaths by suicide, all must take this opportunity to talk openly and safely about suicide and suicide prevention resources.

Clemson's Tigers Together to Stop Suicide, started in the fall of 2014, implemented a range of policy and programmatic initiatives.

"I pulled over and sent a message back to the help center saying this is breaking news, they're not sure it's suicide-related", she said, "so the person on shift if they hadn't heard, did".

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, whose number appeared in many news articles and social media posts, saw a 25 percent increase in calls nationally as of Friday morning, said John Draper, the lifeline's director. Two periods when I had been experiencing personal struggles in my own life, two different people reached out to me. "They are asking about warning signs and guidance on what to do", Lovejoy said. But it's not known how multiple risk factors work together. I remember that God is smarter than me (or I'm dumber than Him) but He just hasn't yet chosen to share with me all the reasons for my current predicament. What factors put someone at risk for suicide, and how can we reverse the trend?

When suicides are glamorized or portrayed in great detail, it can create a "suicide contagion" and a cluster of suicides, Zinzow said.

In the public sector, multi-pronged cooperative strategies among local, state and federal health agencies can go a long way toward making a dent in our out-of-control suicide rates.

There are signs that you could look for when it comes to getting people help.

She suggested if you know someone with these thoughts, you or they can call the suicidal hotline or you can take them to the emergency room. In more than half of the cases, the deceased had no diagnosed mental illness.

Following its release, there was a noted increase in Google searches pertaining to suicide, according to a study published in October.

Opioid overdose is an increasing problem. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses. While many people believe mentioning suicide to a person in despair only makes matters worse, the opposite is true.

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