Suicide rates in the United States have surged by 30 percent in almost all states since 1999, indicating how it has become a major problem in the country. "Suicide is a public health problem that can be prevented", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director, in a telephone press briefing about the study.
Risk of suicide increases when media stories use more dramatic or graphic headlines or images, repeatedly report on the same suicide, explicitly describe the suicide method, and dramatize the death through romanticized headlines or by showing the site of the suicide and pictures of those who are grieving, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says.
The report identified top factors leading to suicide among those with and without a mental health problem, including relationship problems (42 percent), physical health problems (22 percent), and problematic substance abuse (28 percent). Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.
STONE: Half of states actually saw rates of suicide increase more than 30 percent.
On Thursday, public health officials urged people with suicidal thoughts to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.
There is agreement on many researchers, however, that publicity around a suicide can increase the risk of other suicides.
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-Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal means for those at risk. The same is true for those with mental health conditions, but at a much lower percentage of 69 percent and 41 percent respectively. And could more suicides follow his?
Little says you need to be willing to be able to ask the hard and uncomfortable questions to make sure the people you love are okay. In fact, statistics show the suicide rate among women is on the rise. These two figures had each seen significant success in their lives, bucking a common perception of suicide.
"Early identification of mental illness is essential, and we are ready to work with Congress and other stakeholders to ensure that Americans can receive treatment when needed", Levin said in the release.
Studying the cause of deaths due to suicide, they noted that guns were the most preferred method adopted for suicide with nearly half of the people choosing it.
"With all of us working together and by collectively making a massive investment in suicide prevention research, resources and quality mental health care we can and we will reverse the rising suicide rate". She said celebrity suicides also typically prompt an increase in calls to suicide help lines. Rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.
The Center for Suicide Awareness Hopeline's text number is 741741.