The 'trend' that is troubling the US

Danny Woods
June 10, 2018

As the country mourns the reported suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and discusses methods of prevention, the CDC's Vital Signs report shows that suicide rates have been rising in almost every state from 1999 to 2016.

"There have been previous reports recently that have shown suicide is one of the major contributors to a decrease in life expectancy in this country, which makes it even more alarming", he said.

The suicide deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain this week has heightened public awareness of what experts describe as a growing, and often overlooked, public health issue in the U.S.

Contributing factors to suicideWhile prevention efforts mainly focus on identifying and providing treatment for people with mental illness, experts say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor.

Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. It found that 54 percent of suicide victims did not have a known mental health condition.

The 2nd Floor youth helpline confidentially serves youth and young adults ages 10-24, who have an issue or problem: 1-888-222-2228, or text at 888-222-2228. She says building a relationship and working together to solve their problems can open them up to the idea of using you as a release tool or someone to share their fears with.

However, data shows more Nevadans under the age of 18 committed suicide this year already, compared to all of last year. For those without known mental health conditions, 55 percent used firearms.

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She says now it's a conversation that begs to be had.

Calls for better suicide-prevention efforts are mounting, after a federal study identified a sharp rise in suicide rates in the USA over the past two decades. The highest increases were seen among teens ages 15 to 17 years old. "There may be several, but we knew that economic factors can increase the risk of suicide and that limited access to care, behavioral and social services may also increase the risk of suicide", Schuchat said.

Between 2007 to 2012, there were dramatic cuts to mental health funding.

"Because of this Behavioral Health Task Force, looking at the greater good of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties, we are able to focus in and pull resources to understand what one agency is doing versus the other agency", he said.

If you need help, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, any time, day or night at 1-800-273-TALK.

"I think remaining steady is something to be recognized, but we can't celebrate that", said Allen. It's important to keep in mind to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themsevles.

Haley Lillibridge, 25, answers the phone at CrisisLink, a suicide and crisis prevention hotline in Arlington, Virginia, on June 23, 2011.

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