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Reach out to those who may be struggling

14 June 2018

While many people believe mentioning suicide to a person in despair only makes matters worse, the opposite is true.

But when at-risk individuals and those who know them reach out for help, the chance of suicide significantly decreases.

None of us is immune to thoughts of suicide, regardless of status, party, religion, age, or gender.

According to the Centers for Disease Control in 2016, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of almost 45,000 people. The report found that the most common contributing factors include relationship problems, financial issues, substance abuse, physical health problems.

Prof Julie Cerel, president of the American Association of Suicidology, noted that having better reporting standards could account for some of the increase, but also pointed to a lack of adequate funding for mental health research and preventative care. North Dakota led the country with a 57.6 percent increase in its suicide rate since 1999. "That gives a little correlational evidence to how it affected people already contemplating suicide". You can learn more about its services, including its guide on what to do if you see suicidal language on social media. "There are 100-plus studies around the world showing this correlation", he says. For each suicide death, there are 25 to 30 attempts.

Zinzow is working with colleagues in psychology and civil engineering on a study of viral social media challenges in the United States and India and how they are connected to adolescents' participation in self-harming and suicidal behavior. A precision approach to mental and behavioral health, which matches people at risk with treatment targeted to their needs, is a necessary next step in suicide prevention.

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Lundy's daughter Nicole took her own life when she was 20.

Public affairs manager Toni Giugliano said: "There should be a concerted effort to support family members in the aftermath of a suicide, as well as first responders, who are often close relatives or friends of the deceased". If someone is concerned about a loved one, clinicians can contact that person. "Share stories about their loved one, let their memory live on", she said.

"Whether [officials] think it's mental health or not is based on a box on the forms that a medical examiner checks", she says.

Although suicide is one of the top four causes of death among people in the age groups between 10 and 44, the numbers of suicide deaths are higher in the age groups in the 45 to 65+ range, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "If someone dies of cancer, we don't have to know what the person was wearing or what color their bedsheets were".

"There is help, and there is the right medicine and right therapy", she said. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention states that, based on CDC data, every 16 hours on average someone in the state dies by suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death.

Yes, mental illness does have something to do with some suicides, but the CDC reported that in the 27 states that use the National Violent Death Reporting System, 54 percent of suicides were among people with no known mental health condition.

Reach out to those who may be struggling