How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Nevada is the only state listed showing a decrease in the suicide rate since 1999 - and that decrease was just 1 percent, according to the report released Thursday.

"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said.

Dr. Jack Rozel, president-elect of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and medical director of the Allegheny crisis services facility in Pittsburgh, told NBC that a lack of access to mental health care may explain the number of people who died by suicide without being diagnosed with a disorder.

"Most people that either attempt or complete suicide, they aren't so much wanting to die as they want to be out of the pain they are in", Summers said.

Suicide rates in Vermont and New Hampshire are double that of MA.

The increasing rate comes as no surprise to those who work to prevent suicide.

Suicide rates have been rising significantly in nearly every state; in both men and women; and across all age and ethnic groups, according to an alarming new CDC report released the same week that both fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain reportedly took their own lives. "They might actually bring up specifically that they're thinking of suicide".

"Suicide can happen to anybody", Schuchat said, stressing that it's important to reach out when family and loves ones are dealing with life stresses like losing a job, ending a romantic relationship, or struggling with money. The increases were particularly stark in the states in the intermountain West, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state.

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

Increasingly, suicide is being viewed not only as a mental health problem but a public health one.

The Washington Post reports that one factor in the rising rate during this time period could be the Great Recession that hit 10 years ago.

While the CDC report notes that guns are the most common method for these suicides - accounting for about half of all cases - it fails to underscore the extent to which these alarming rates may be attributable to the country's utter saturation with civilian firearms.

The CDC recommended a broad approach to suicide prevention, including boosting economic support by states, supporting family and friends after a suicide, and identifying and supporting people at risk for suicide.

These new statistics come just days after the shocking news of handbag designer Kate Spade's alleged sudden suicide. "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. You can find them here.

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

How are you coping with what's been happening in your life? Ensuring people have stable housing and financial support is also key, as is rolling out programs that boost the sense of belonging in a community, the authors said.

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