The 'trend' that is troubling the US


Suicide prevention is top of mind for many Oregonians in the wake of two high-profile celebrity deaths and the release of a federal report detailing a nationwide surge in suicide rates in the past few days.

They might talk about wanting to die or make plans for taking their life.

The shocking deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain this week highlights the importance of recognizing the potential warning signs when someone intends to end their life.

In 2016, almost 45,000 Americans aged 10 and older died by suicide.

The CDC says there were a higher number of suicides in areas hard hit by the economic downturn, especially in rural areas in western states.

These data, derived from the National Violent Death Reporting System, showed that 54 percent of those who committed suicide in 2015 did not have a known mental health condition.

In Baltimore, about 53 people die from suicide annually, and 82 percent of those deaths occur among men, according to 2014 data from the Baltimore City Health Department.

Mental health problems, often undiagnosed, are usually involved and experts say knowing warning signs and who is at risk can help stop a crisis becoming a tragedy.

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Julia Payson, Executive Director of the Vernon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association says it's example the illness doesn't discriminate.

The most common ways of suicide in both with or without diagnosed mental health conditions was with a firearm.

The study serves as a reminder, she says, that if someone in your life recently lost a job, ended a relationship, or is having some other life crisis, it's important to reach out. In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.

Between 2007 to 2012, there were dramatic cuts to mental health funding. "What we know for sure is that telling and talking and connecting with people is the path to healing, so we need to create more pathways for that". The World Health Organization estimates a global suicide rate of one death every 40 seconds, which by 2020 they predict will increase to one every 20 seconds.

Rates of increase varied.

But we want to tell you - there is help available.

"We think a key message is, there's not just one group; many are at risk", Schuchat said. "For celebrities, in particular, and those in the spotlight, there is an expectation that the general public has that because these individuals are successful and handsome, they likely do not or could never suffer from a mental or emotional disorder", Dr. If someone is an immediate threat of dying by suicide, call 911 or a crisis intervention line.

Heather Brown is a suicide prevention expert with Maricopa County.