What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

  • What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

Nevada was the only state to see a decrease.

"People can live with suicidal thoughts for weeks, months, years and, you know, what are the triggering events that push them from living with thoughts to having a plan and then acting on that plan?" said George Austin with the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.

The answer may be that half of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Prevention efforts, often focused on mental health, could be broadened to focus on people undergoing life stresses like job losses or divorces, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a media briefing.

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

If you're anxious about how to start the conversation, Lieberman offered some suggestions.

For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the study period, rate increases ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota.

Researchers say the nation's suicide rate is lowest in Washington D.C. and highest in Montana. "What we know for sure is that telling and talking and connecting with people is the path to healing, so we need to create more pathways for that".

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Schuchat and Deborah Stone, lead author of the CDC analysis, stressed that other factors were also critical to preventing suicide.

Guns are the most common method used for suicides in the US, accounting for about half of such deaths in 2016, followed by hanging and then poisoning (including through the use of opioids). Those two states also experienced the second and third biggest increases, more than 48 percent, in the period studied by the CDC.

The state with the lowest rise in its suicide rate was DE (5.9 percent).

KTVU spoke with Courtney Brown from San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center to ask her more about the CDC study.

"The shocking statistic is to see Oklahoma's rate has changed so significantly", said Julie Summers, Mental Health Association Oklahoma's director of outreach and prevention.

"That includes a professional to help them with their thoughts of suicide", Egan 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". Tell the person you care about them and that you want to help them.

"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. They are part of a task force that work with patients, in the upstate, struggling with mental health problems.