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What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2015, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate increased by 34 percent from 1999 to 2016 and the state's suicide rate of 16.3 per 100,000 people was higher than the national average of 15.4 per 100,000 people.

Every state but Nevada saw an increase in suicide rates during that time, the CDC reported.

Suicide is "a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a statement.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older lost their lives to suicide.

The analysis found that slightly more than half the people who had killed themselves did not have any known mental-health condition.

Although there is no single cause for suicide, information from coroners' reports suggests numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use, and financial crises, according to the CDC. "We know that suicide is not exclusive to people struggling with mental health issues, so there's something else going on".

When a high-profile person dies by suicide, the "celebrity-suicide effect" can lead to a rise in copycat deaths. It's a hidden problem for many people. "We don't really understand why there's such an increase", CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook said on "CBS This Morning".

"When you talk to them and they seem exhausted", Stamper said.

Firearms were found to be the most common method of suicide, again used by those both with and without mental health issues.

The Oregon Health Authority has placed a particularly high priority on preventing suicides among children and young adults.

In Maryland, the number of suicides rose by more than a third, from 435 in 1999 to 586 in 2016, the most recent year for which data were available, according to the CDC.

Although suicide is often attributed exclusively to mental health conditions, it is rarely caused by a single factor, the researchers said.

Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is a major risk factor for suicide.

That's also a resource for anyone anxious about a loved one.

If this person talks or behaves in a way that makes you believe that he or she may try to attempt suicide, then get help from a trained professional as quickly as possible.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to talk anonymously with a counselor: 800-273-TALK (8255).

"Educating people about the ways they can get help, learning the warning signs, talking to each other, getting people better problem-solving skills, better access to health care, mental health specifically - we can definitely save lives by getting people the help that they need", Sikora said.

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