Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

Just days after the tragic death of fashion icon, Kate Spade, and celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released alarming new statistics.

"We're missing most of these cases, that's really the bottom line", he said.

So far, the research shows that students who go through training are more knowledgeable of suicide warning signs and they are more comfortable talking about it and offering help. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. Many people experience profound loneliness.

According to a CDC study, NY saw a 30 percent increase in its suicide rate from 1999 to 2016 and a New Yorker takes their own life every five hours.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the rising rate of suicides in the US.

"There are a number of very severe mental illnesses associated with suicide as the ultimate, frightful complication of the illness", she said. But other factors - strained relationships, work or finance stressors, poor physical health, recent or impending crises - are important to recognize as well.

This leaves them unsure where to even begin when they are confronting mental health issues.

Reidenberg sees the connection as even more absolute. Remember that thoughts of suicide are common and often associated with a treatable mental disorder.

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for all Americans from 10 to 34 years old.

In Mahoning County, the number of suicides jumped from 27 in 2013 to 39 in 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Health's database. What factors put someone at risk for suicide, and how can we reverse the trend? This project provides suicide prevention information to gun shops, gun owners, etc. with the goal of education toward safe storage and local resources for suicide prevention (http://tspn.org/gun-safety-project).

Finally, if you know someone who might be at risk during this time of heightened reporting on the topic, there are simple measures you can take to be supportive, Reidenberg says.

Natrona County Suicide Task Force's Felicia Cummings added to the conversation, "we offer suicide prevention awareness trainings so that anybody in the community, all the way up to professionals and clinical, know how to handle suicides".

"Be available", he says.

Several Reddit users described just how much of a difference it can make to have someone else get in touch.

Navarro added: "Please reach out if you find yourself in the darkness".

In a dizzying week that saw two celebrities taking their own lives, phone numbers for suicide hotlines were ubiquitous: published by news outlets and plastered across social media, with reminders to reach out to places like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help.

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