Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC report reveals more than 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016

"Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors".

"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. Information about contributing circumstances for those who died by suicide was obtained via the National Violent Death Reporting System, which is relatively new and in place in only 27 states. And on Friday, "Kitchen Confidential" author Bourdain, 61, was found dead in his French hotel room, which CNN confirmed was also a suicide.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said Monday that she is supporting federal legislation to provide funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish help lines and provide suicide prevention training for farm advocates.

In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate increased by 34 percent from 1999 to 2016 and the state's suicide rate of 16.3 per 100,000 people was higher than the national average of 15.4 per 100,000 people. In Nevada, the only state that saw a decrease, the rate fell by 1 percent.

The findings were published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Experts note that mental illness may have been underreported in the study, either because the person who killed themself had not yet been diagnosed or because those left behind were not aware their loved one's condition.

Researchers also found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.

Whether or not Spade had a problematic relationship with alcohol at the time of her death, substance abuse was common among 28 percent of those who died by suicide in 2016, according to the CDC's report. Suicide warning signs are listed here. If you're anxious about someone, she recommends taking action by "engaging in a conversation that goes a little bit deeper and letting them know that you're there, that you can listen to what they need you to listen to".

How are you coping with what's been happening in your life? Keep them safe, and possibly remove items that can harm them. "Increases in suicide tend to correlate with economic downturns", she said, and this generation has been hit particularly hard by economic hardship in recent years.

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The CDC's prevention plan also stresses the need for community financial support for those in need.

Suicide requires both motivation and means.

But Anestis believes that it's important to not beat around the bush when it comes to guns and to talk about the importance of things like setting waiting periods for purchase, and storing guns locked and unloaded.

Every day, 123 Americans commit suicide.

"When you look at suicides, people who attempt suicide if they use a firearm are 80 percent likely to succeed", Bollier said. "The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn't have to be a debate about the Second Amendment".

The report recommends that prevention efforts focus "further upstream" on stresses such as job loss or divorce.

Are you thinking about dying? It's up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what's reported. "We need to learn more about why New Hampshire has been experiencing these higher rates", she said.

He points out, for example, that the nation now has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults.

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