How to have tough conversations about mental health

How to have tough conversations about mental health

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report almost 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016.

High suicide rates have largely been associated with younger populations, but middle age suicides are beginning to rise throughout the country, a new report says.

Commenters on Munn's post emphasized the need to talk about suicide and mental health on a larger scale.

In 2016, the final year of the study, almost 45,000 people died of suicide.

Almost 45,000 Americans die by suicide each year. They are numbers the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan says will only go down with awareness.

Researchers found that over half of the suicide deaths were people who did not have a known mental health condition. "It really personalizes these losses", said Suicide Prevention Consultant for Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health Noah Whitaker.

In addition to talking with loved ones, finding resources is key.

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Developed in Switzerland, the programme is based on the belief that it is more helpful to view suicide as an action taken in order to reach a goal, rather than simply a symptom of mental illness. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed".

"The most important thing for people who have been ill enough for this to have been a risk is that they keep asking for help". While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation. "They're still alive", she said.

"If I don't have somebody to turn to, obviously my chances of committing suicide or trying to commit suicide are much higher", said Olson.

The rates of suicide vary from state to state, rates increased in almost all states. The United States has a total 25 percent increase, CNN reports.

The national attention following the suicides of Bourdain and Spade has meant an increase in calls to suicide hotlines like the one here in Philadelphia, which is staffed 24/7 by experts who can help you out in any crisis. The authorities ruled his cause of death as suicide by hanging.

"How do we break the silence around helping individuals that are struggling?"

"We want people to know they can talk to us and we can help them find healthy alternatives", he said.

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