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CDC: Suicide Rates Rising Across US

CDC: Suicide Rates Rising Across US

"We have people calling and saying, 'Hey, what's this about?"

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

"He was really inspiring to people for his writing, for his cooking, and for his travel", Cullen said. "It's a reminder we have a long way to go".

The rate of suicide deaths in the United States increased by 25 percent over the past two decades, and 30 states have seen their suicide rates climb by almost 30 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2016, 45,000 people died from suicide.

"These findings are disturbing". "Robin William's death in 2014 we saw a 10 percent increase over the subsequent month and in total for the remainder of the year", said West Care Medical Director Dr. Herbert Cruz.

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

"While that is an appropriate lens to look through... there are also circumstances and situations, whether marital, monetary, that are also salient in the conversation". Mental disorders are the most common, including severe depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.

But most experts agree more research and funds need to be dedicated to the issue.

In Oregon, two people on average lose their lives to suicide each day, making self-harm one of the leading causes of death.

"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.

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"I'd love to see whatever we can do".

"Those are the times to really support each other", Schuchat said.

Suicide rates varied from 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana. In 2016, Kentucky reported 756 suicides, West Virginia reported 362 and OH led the area with 1,707.

Experts say confronting the issues needs to be a priority.

In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate has jumped more than 34 percent.

Of those with no diagnosed mental health conditions, men are more likely to commit suicide and do so with firearms.

A Harvard study found gun availability is a risk factor when it comes to youth suicide.

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. If you know someone at risk of suicide, there are five steps you can take: 1.

"We need to have people understand that just because there was a high profile death by suicide it doesn't mean it has to be your outcome, too", he said.

"You don't have to be a doctor. Just knowing you're not all alone".

If you're anxious someone you know may be at risk of suicide, you should talk to them about it, says the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention.

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