How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

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More than 90 percent of people who have attempted suicide survive, according to the director of Colorado's Office of Suicide Prevention.

"In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death".

Mental health experts with the CDC say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor.


NY saw a roughly 30 percent jump since 1999, mirroring the nationwide rate for the same period, according to the agency, which examined state-level trends in suicide rates from that year through 2016.

Signs and symptoms to look for include isolation, agitation, anger, alcohol or drug use and changes in sleep patterns. "We call it a care plan, and it's a way for people to stay safe when they feel suicidal urges come out", said Scott Langernecker, Illinois chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

"I urge anyone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts or anxious about someone else to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255".


New Jersey has seen a almost 20-percent rise in suicide since 1999. The CDC has also warned that the suicide rate for girls ages 15 to 19 doubled from 2007 to 2015 - when it reached its highest point in 40 years; the suicide rate for boys the same age increased by 30% during the same time period. The Kansas suicide rate is growing much faster than the national average.

Since her father's suicide, Williams has committed herself to the cause of suicide prevention and education. "So, when you put those things together, it can be hard to find help even when you want it", Trisha Kajimura, Mental Health America of Hawai'i Executive Director, said. Rates increased in all US states except Nevada, where the rate was consistently high throughout the study period. "We know that suicide is not exclusive to people struggling with mental health issues, so there's something else going on". Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods. "And tells people that might be at risk that perhaps this is a viable option for them", said Dr. Cruz.

That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can't exclusively focus on those who have reached out for help. Suicide is very often an impulsive act, and a person who contemplates it can readily survive if no lethal weapon is at hand. The stigma of seeing help, long waitlists for specialists and disparity in access to mental health resources can all interfere with getting treated.


If you believe a loved one is considering suicide, do not leave him or her alone and try to get the person to seek help from a doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department or dial 911.

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