The 'trend' that is troubling the US

  • The 'trend' that is troubling the US

The 'trend' that is troubling the US

"This is essentially a problem everywhere-a problem that's getting worse", says Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of CDC.

Only by understanding the very individualised path to a suicide attempt can one develop effective prevention strategies.

Guns were used in about half of all suicides, according to the "Vital Signs" report, followed by hanging and then poisoning and overdoses.

Suicide rates are rising in the U.S., with some states seeing an increase of more than 30 percent in recent years, new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

" In Maryland, people having suicidal thoughts can also call 211 to talk with agents who can provide aid". Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states since 1999. Here in Georgia rates have increased 16 percent in the past 20 years. The increases were particularly stark in the intermountain West, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota and Oklahoma. Rates have risen steadily in most age and ethnic groups, even as rates of psychiatric treatment and diagnosis have also greatly increased.

Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country.

The back to back deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are part of a disturbing trend.

Marilyn Pasquarelli, a licensed professional counselor at Westbrook Health Services, said people need to remove the stigma of mental health issues.

Kyle Moffatt remembers his father, Wade, who died of suicide three years ago, after Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their lives this week. Share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline with loved ones, neighbors, friends. "Focusing suicide prevention efforts exclusively in health care settings is insufficient".

Read the CDC's report here. Last year, the CDC released a package on suicide prevention that includes strategies based on the best available evidence. Arizona's rate rose 17 percent during that period. Little says, "It takes more courage to reach out for help than it does to suffer in silence".

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

"I think when someone considers suicide they think it's their only option and it's a scary option but the pain they're going through has gotten them to that place", Litovski says.

Among the agency's recommendations: Reduce a high-risk person's access to lethal items such as medications and firearms.

Be there with them. Although we don't personally know them, with celebrities we feel like we know them.

Help them connect with ongoing support. Anyone can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Center for Kansas at 1-800-273-8255 or 785-841-2345 for other area codes.