A reminder of celebrities' distance from us

Phillip Cunningham
June 11, 2018

In 2016, the final year of the study, almost 45,000 people died of suicide.

"I know one of our callers mentioned a celebrity suicide 10-15 years ago that's still affecting him today", said Kelly Hall, a crisis intervention clinician.

This week's report found that many suicides were in people with no known mental illness.

Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz told "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that the best way to start a conversation with a loved one or friend you are anxious about is to simply start with, "Can I talk to you". "It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention".

"Sometimes we feel that if we talk about it, that someone may commit suicide, and yet really the opposite is true", Henderson said. "And that's why it's so important to reach out to people all the time on a daily basis". Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase. While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation.

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

She also said new technology provides another way to get help.

There are many risk factors and warning signs. On Thursday, the CDC announced suicide rates in most states, including MI, have gone up 30 percent since 1999. In 2017 the medical examiner's office hired Michael Staley, a suicide prevention research coordinator, to find out why Utah has such high rates of suicide.

The GLS Suicide Prevention Resource Center - which works with colleges and states to design suicide-prevention programs around the country - has remained flat at $5.9 million in funding since 2013, Schumer added. "When there is a listing in the obituaries, that is something that is often not included (as the cause of death), although more families seem to be including it as a way to educate people about the prevalence of the problem".

"From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide". "There's just a lot of stigma around suicide and so we don't talk about it", Williams said. It's important to keep in mind to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themselves.

If you or anyone you know may be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or message the Crisis Text Line "GOT5" to 741-741. All calls are confidential.


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