Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Cuomo has launched a suicide prevention programme in the wake of two high-profile suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade.

More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use and financial crises.

"We have people calling and saying, 'Hey, what's this about?"

While Spade's husband says she "was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years" and Bourdain was candid about his substance abuse history, Dr. Shaya says in the very moment someone ends their life, that person is suffering from a disease as unsafe as cancer or diabetes.

Suicide rates increased by 25 percent across the United States over almost two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide, Alzheimer's disease and overdoses are the only causes of death which are increasing. Other issues, including relationship problems, substance abuse, physical health problems, job- or money-related stress, legal or housing problems often contributed to risk for suicide, the report found. That's a tragically large number, but there is work that can be done to reduce that number by every single one of us.

"Most states don't even have their own statewide hotline", said Jessica Stohlmann-Rainey, the support-line supervisor for Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners. "They have a stereotype in their mind of the person who takes their life and why". It is available every Monday through Friday between 6 p.m. and midnight in the Central time zone.

Twenty-five states recorded jumps of more than 30 percent.

"The data tells us that people are experiencing crisis more", Stohlmann-Rainey said.

Experts say confronting the issues needs to be a priority.

They were rich, famous and unable to go on living.

"A lot of people, they feel like they know themselves well, or they feel like their loved ones know them very well, but sometimes there are things that are underlying that need to be straightened out", Dr. Anthony Quinn said.

Such pathways are in progress, Brummett said.

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