Medicine

How to have tough conversations about mental health

How to have tough conversations about mental health

The CDC's new report came just days after news that designer Kate Spade took her life in her NY apartment. Data shows that high-profile suicides lead to a rise in copycat deaths.

The study's findings suggest more must be done to prevent suicide and work should extend beyond those diagnosed with a mental illness, Schuchat said.

Mental health experts say could be a contributing factor.

Almost 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016 and according to the CDC two-thirds of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides, the BBC reports.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. Unfortunately, it's not just Pennsylvania that saw an increase of deaths from suicide, nearly every other state recorded an increase.

The CDC found that between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates rose by 25.4 percent nationally.

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In more than half of all deaths in 27 states , the people had no known mental health condition when they ended their lives. The radio announcer, she said , encouraged listeners to look for warning signs in friends, neighbors, co-workers.

"A celebrity's suicide can create a contagion that we want to be aware of and those individuals who are a risk, who might be connected to that celebrity, we want to reach out to them", Egan said.

Dr Christine Moutier, a psychiatrist and chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said it was important everyone knew the warning signs and to intervene when someone appeared troubled.

"There are probably hundreds of suicides deaths by suicides that have happened this week that we don't know about", said Vanessa Enos, who is the behavioral program director at Community Health Network.

"He was really inspiring to people for his writing, for his cooking, and for his travel", Cullen said. "If we can help one out of ten people, that makes a big difference". Dr. Cruz says suicide prevention is all about getting people the right information before it is too late.

"Life is worth living and the pain that comes from losing somebody prematurely can be unbearable", he said. 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.

Those who need help can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline with loved ones, neighbors, friends.


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