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What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

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What to do if you suspect someone is suicidal

"We can see suicide rates improve slower than the economy".

Sandy Williams says her father was 74 years old when he took his own life seven years ago.

Only about half of those people had a diagnosed mental health condition.

But the hope in knowing that so numerous millions of Americans who struggle with mental health issues go on to recovery can seem hard to focus on amid tragedies such as this week's public deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, said office director Sarah Brummett.

The CDC found that between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates rose by 25.4 percent nationally.

Signs and symptoms to look for include isolation, agitation, anger, alcohol or drug use and changes in sleep patterns.

For example, if you are anxious someone is feeling suicidal, don't be afraid to ask the question and "open the conversation", Summers said.

For online chat, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a confidential chat window, with counselors available 24/7.

The biggest increase in suicides was in North Dakota, where the rate jumped more than 57 percent.

Firearm ownership is common, and Delaney said "the literature is getting pretty strong" that states with easier access to guns have higher suicide rates.

The rate of suicides in Maryland grew by 8.5 percent, well below the national increase from 1999-2016, according to the CDC.

Doctors say there are warning signs a person needs immediate help. And it's unfortunate that there's so much stigma attached both to mental health diagnoses and treatment and to suicide, still considered a very shameful thing in many places.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Schuchat and Deborah Stone, lead author of the CDC analysis, stressed that other factors were also critical to preventing suicide. Unfortunately, it's not just Pennsylvania that saw an increase of deaths from suicide, nearly every other state recorded an increase. Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase, rising to 19.2 per 100,000 in 2016 from 13.2 per 100,000 in 1999.

Health professionals didn't offer a reason for the increase but said suicides rarely result from a single factor.

Sources also say the man who was killed after his truck plunged 200 feet from cliff on Maui on Wednesday died by suicide.

Idaho's suicide prevention advocates are gearing up for the 4th Annual Western States Conference on Suicide.

"A celebrity's suicide can create a contagion that we want to be aware of and those individuals who are a risk, who might be connected to that celebrity, we want to reach out to them", Egan said. But Colorado is taking steps to remind its residents that they are not alone in their battles: The state is pairing people in mental health crisis with survivors.

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