How to get help for someone who may be suicidal

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

Keltz believes talking about mental health and suicide will help erase the stigma associated with it.

Julia Payson, Executive Director of the Vernon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association says it's example the illness doesn't discriminate. "We don't think we can just leave this to the mental health system to manage". The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

In 2016, almost 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide. Here in Georgia rates have increased 16 percent in the past 20 years.

Erika Winter's father, Jeff, took his own life. Watford said. "So if they are dealing with that and I'm already kind of in that place, then things must really be hard".

Sometimes when a famous person is in the news after committing suicide, there's a tendency for people-especially fans-to want to do it themselves.

"That includes a professional to help them with their thoughts of suicide", Egan said.

"My dad was just a happy-go-lucky guy - very laid-back", Winter said.

"It's a attractive thing when you know you're, you made the difference I had a woman call me back after Christmas and tell me I saved her life on Christmas Eve", said Kelly.

The findings were released days after the deaths of famed designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain brought the issue of suicide to the fore. Her husband said in a statement on Wednesday that she had suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. The rate in the new C.D.C. data was 15.4 per 100,000.

Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year.

There is already a rise in suicide rates in the United States, increasing more than 25% since 1999. That's half the national increase of 25.4 percent for the same period.

The CDC recommended a public health approach to suicide prevention, which would require government, healthcare, employers, education system, community organizers and the media to work together to take steps to bring down the rates. The only state to experience a decrease in suicides was Nevada, which saw its rate fall by one percent.

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