Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

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According to the new CDC study of suicide trends in all 50 states, about 45,000 suicides were reported in the United States in 2016, the a year ago for which full data is available.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there are many factors that can trigger a person to commit suicide.

Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is a major risk factor for suicide.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the rate of suicide across the country rose almost 30 percent between 1999 and 2016, and 54 percent of the victims did not have a known mental illness. Nevada's rate actually went down slightly, the only exception, but still had one of the highest rates. One of these includes a suicide prevention advocacy program that trains students, faculty and staff to recognize warning signs, talk to someone about suicide and connect students to resources. The male suicide rate, meantime, rose 21 percent. The national average was 13.4.

Mental illness tends to be blamed more than it should.

In any given day, three people in Tennessee die by suicide.

There is availability of many low-priced generic antidepressants, among which many offer only minimum benefit, developing medicines regarding depression is quite tough sell. Getting treatment quite likely saved my life, and there are many more just like me.

"Recent tragedies and the CDC report on increased suicide rates from last week are the kinds of things that put a giant lump in your throat and a hole in your heart", Sen.

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The other problem, people not wanting to receive help.

Prevention efforts are best done when "people can get help solving the underlying drivers of the problems causing them to feel hopeless and despair", Stuber said. Because anybody can experience those stresses.

The topic has returned to the spotlight after celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their lives last week.

As news of two celebrity suicides has upset many people around the world this week, it has presented a possibly lethal risk to a segment of the population: those already struggling with their own mental health issues.

We can do that much, can't we? Or maybe it was the highly creative person who seemed happy-go-lucky on the outside but was broken on the inside. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255, text anonymously at 741741, or call 911 for assistance in emergency situations. We can not prevent all suicides, but we create an environment where the potential for suicide is at least unlikely by being there for each other and encouraging them to seek help.

The phenomenon is often referred to as "suicide contagion", defined by the Department of Health and Human Services as an increase in suicides due to "the exposure to suicide or suicidal behaviors within one's family, one's peer group, or through media reports of suicide".

Assistant Editor Brenda Looper is editor of the Voices page.

And it's one we must not be afraid to battle.

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