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Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

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Glenn Beck reflects on Anthony Bourdain loss, America's search for answers

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and rates have been climbing steadily for years.

Both states easily exceeded the nation as a whole, with the overall US suicide rate rising 25.4 percent.

But the according to the report, more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

"Any change in behavior patterns, withdrawing, sadness, irritability, anger, and losing their temper more quickly - those would all be indicators that possibly that person's mental health is deteriorating", says Dr. Christine Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

When the suicide rate is up 25 percent in America, it's clear that mental illness is a huge problem that too many people face alone.

The analysis found that slightly more than half of people who had committed suicide did not have any known mental health condition.

The CDC report found that other issues, including relationship problems, substance abuse, physical health problems, job- or money-related stress, legal or housing problems often contribute to suicide risk. The others include Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

The CDC report, which was released this week, did not give a reason for the uptick in suicides. Those with known mental health conditions were mostly men, but they were less likely to use firearms.

"CDC data shows that suicide happens to everybody", he said.

At the turn of the century, Minnesota's annual suicide rate was just under 11 per 100,000 people aged 10 or over, with a male suicide rate of 18.3, and female at 3.6. From 1999 to 2015, suicide rates increased among all genders, all racial and ethnic groups and all urbanization levels.

Reidenberg understands the complexities of suicides, pointing out there are nearly always multiple causes, including mental illnesses, substance abuse, a life change such as a job loss or a break up. That equaled 15.6 suicides for every 100,000 people. "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". I lost my own father to suicide when I was 19 years old.

Some of those steps sound complex, most sound expensive, and all of them sound a little uncomfortable. There are also suggestions to the media on reporting about suicides.

"Suicide prevention is the responsibility of the entire community and requires vision, will and a commitment from the state, communities and individuals of OR", the agency says in its formal youth suicide prevention and intervention plan.

Suicide rates were four times greater in the highest state compared with the lowest when calculated on an annual basis during the most recent time period, 2014 to 2016.

If someone indicates that he or she is thinking about suicide or self-harm, it's best to help them connect with a mental health professional - but this may be easier said than done, Lieberman says.

Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal means for those at risk.

"If a truck is barreling down the road about to hit someone, we're going to do what's possible to help them", Carpenter said.

But "if we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need", Schuchat said in news conference today (June 7).

To learn more, visit the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

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