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It shows the growing severity of the issue

Ben Pena | 08 June, 2018, 15:40

The report details a dramatic increase in incidents of suicide in Kansas, particularly among females.

"Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality", KDHE Chief Medical Officer said. "It's not just a mental health concern", says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study. And so that's one of the things that this study really shows us.

A number of states have adopted so-called red flag laws that allow courts and the police to temporarily remove guns from individuals who may be a threat to themselves. Historically, the suicide rate tracks with recessions, rising when times are bad and falling when they're better.

The CDC reports a almost 30 percent rise in suicides across the country since 1999.

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

Among those who committed suicide and who had known mental health conditions, 67.2% had a history of treatment for mental health or substance abuse conditions, and 54 percent were in treatment at the time of their suicide.

"Our data suggests that suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said.

"Suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said.

"None of this is surprising information, which is not to trivialize its importance".

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In a study of these laws in two states, in and CT, researchers at the University of Indianapolis found that the legislation led to reductions in gun-related suicides, compared with the expected numbers: they were 7.5 per cent lower in IN in the decade after enactment, and 13.7 per cent lower in CT in the year since strict enforcement began.

That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can't exclusively focus on those who have reached out for help. However, teens who aren't likely to reach out could be internalizing what they see.

The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.

"New Hampshire definitely has access to guns", Tilley said.

The CDC said the nation's suicide rate is growing among many age groups. The population is also older, and suicide is more common among older people.

"The reason most suicide decedents don't have a known mental disorder is that they were never diagnosed, not that they didn't have one", said Dr. David Brent, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. "The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn't have to be a debate about the Second Amendment". "People are hurting and the more people are talking, the more people are talking, the more it is going to reduce". "And there's good research to support that". It's up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what's reported. Now this new report from CDC shows the suicide rate across the country is on the rise.

He points out, for example, that the nation now has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. "There are some for youth, but they're very, very tiny", says Gebbia. She told reporters, "We did see increases in younger and older people".

When someone is at risk of committing suicide, he said, treat the situation as a "CPR intervention" and get help right away.

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