Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.

These are only the most recent examples of celebrities who have taken their own lives in recent years.

Indeed, the report found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of their death.

According to the study, the rate of suicide in the USA rose almost 30 percent between 1999 and 2016.

The study serves as a reminder, she says, that if someone in your life recently lost a job, ended a relationship, or is having some other life crisis, it's important to reach out.

Resources in Kansas are available for suicide prevention and the promotion of behavioral health.

You can start with the Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate increased by 34 percent from 1999 to 2016 and the state's suicide rate of 16.3 per 100,000 people was higher than the national average of 15.4 per 100,000 people. Suicide rates were higher among males in Maryland, ranging from about 17 to 18 per 100,000 males. "Stories about people who found help, got treatment, or somebody intervened, and even if they still struggle with chronic thoughts, they still have found ways to move forward".

Many suicides within this age group may be "deaths of despair" - caused by the lingering economic effects of the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, Schuchat acknowledged.

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The high suicide rate is also a concern in New Hampshire, said Patricia Tilley, deputy director of New Hampshire's division of public health services. Suicides by firearms have decreased in the state, from 54 percent in 2014 to 51 percent in 2016.

Guns are the most common method used for suicides in the USA, accounting for about half of such deaths in 2016, followed by hanging and then poisoning (including through the use of opioids).

The most common method used to end one's life in the USA is by firearm.

On Thursday, the CDC released a report showing every state has seen an increase over the past two decades; every state except for Nevada.

Utah recently passed legislation providing for better staffed, more effective 24-hour hotlines for those considering suicide or for people anxious about friends.

"So it's not just about firearms, it's also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like", she said.

In N.J.: New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735 or visit

That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can't exclusively focus on those who have reached out for help. But Colorado is taking steps to remind its residents that they are not alone in their battles: The state is pairing people in mental health crisis with survivors.

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