Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

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Other issues, including relationship problems, substance abuse, physical health problems, job- or money-related stress, legal or housing problems often contributed to risk for suicide, the report found. In half of all states, suicide rates increased by 30% or more.

"Any change in behavior patterns, withdrawing, sadness, irritability, anger, and losing their temper more quickly - those would all be indicators that possibly that person's mental health is deteriorating", says Dr. Christine Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "The differences in the prevalence of life stressors was very small, so it is hard to attribute suicide to life stress per se".

The data also shows that about 22%-24% of people who died by suicide, regardless of whether or not they had a diagnosed mental health condition, disclosed their intent at some point, underscoring the importance of taking such comments seriously.

"When you look at suicides, people who attempt suicide if they use a firearm are 80 percent likely to succeed", Bollier said.

To the knowledge of her family and investigators, Spade did not have a previously diagnosed mental health condition, though her sister Reta Saffro has said she suspected that Spade had begun drinking heavily as a way to cope.

Programs that allow farmers and other individuals in rural areas to leave their guns in someone else's hands when they go through major life events can also help, Kurz said. She told reporters, "We did see increases in younger and older people". It's widespread across the country, impacting every single age group and demographic in America.

While suicide rates rose across age groups, the CDC said people ages 45-64 had the biggest rate increase. Telling someone you care and want to help is always a good idea, and so is letting them do most of the talking about how they're feeling, without judging, shaming, or threatening.

There were almost 45,000 suicides in 2016.

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Only seven states saw a larger increase in their own suicide rates.

States in the midwest saw the most dramatic spikes, and North Dakota had the highest increase in such deaths, with a 57.6 percent jump.

The rates of suicide for all states and the District of Columbia were calculated using data from the National Vital Statistics System.

"There's a lot of stigma around mental health issues and suicide in particular and that creates some barriers from people reaching out for help when they need it", Kurz said.

Perhaps even more startling, in more than half of those suicide deaths, the people had no known mental health condition.

These red-flag laws "have generated interest in response to high-profile homicides, but in practice far more guns have been seized due to concerns of suicide risk", said Aaron Kivisto, a co-author of the study with Peter Lee Phalen.

If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Say things like "I noticed you've been looking down, or I've noticed you've said things that seem like you're really not as motivated towards life", he said. You can explain what the person is going through and see what the counselor suggests to intervene, since they are an expert on suicide.

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