Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

"If that's all we focus on, we're missing out on an opportunity to tell the story of the universal human experience that we all struggle and fall down, but the norm is that people recover and get through it". "When you ask everybody and not just people you might suspect, you double the number you detect", he said. "We don't really understand why there's such an increase", CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook said on "CBS This Morning".

Dr. Van Nickell says there are warning signs.

Prevention has been elusive, in part because doctors have not had programs that reliably reduce suicide rates.

Buhse said anyone anxious about a friend or loved one should check in on them and use a direct approach.

The report finds almost 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016.

"Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide", the report reads.

While Bourdain may be remembered most for his TV show, Cullen says his impact on the food scene will remain. "There are some for youth, but they're very, very tiny", says Gebbia.

Local mental health experts worry Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain taking their lives may trigger others to do the same.

"Research for many years and across social and health science fields has demonstrated a strong relationship between economic downturns and an increase in deaths due to suicide", Sarah Burgard, an associate professor of sociology at the University of MI, told the Washington Post. Data shows that high-profile suicides lead to a rise in copycat deaths.

Still, Schuchat stressed that better recognition of mental health conditions and improved access to mental health care remain important in preventing suicides.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness suggests removing means to suicide such as guns or pills; talking openly on the topic and asking a person if they are having thoughts of suicide; asking what you can do to help and then carefully listening to the answer.

In these cases, Kaslow says, you may need to find help elsewhere. "There's just a lot of stigma around suicide and so we don't talk about it", Williams said.

"I have suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts and was always ashamed. Over time, I figured out and learned through trial and error what worked for me to get past that feeling", said Mike Bushman of Naperville. Guns were the most common method of suicide, the study found. She has started a foundation in memory of her father called Jerry's Walk and she now serves as president of the board at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, self-harm, or is anxious, depressed, upset or needs to talk, call the 27/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line at 741-741.

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