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How to have tough conversations about mental health

How to have tough conversations about mental health”

But the two deaths, along with stories about the rising suicide rate nationally, have led to increased attention to suicide and associated resources. While the suicide rate increased in women, it's still 3 to 5 times higher in men. Here in Georgia rates have increased 16 percent in the past 20 years.

Almost 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016 - a 30% rise in half of states since 1999.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC's principal deputy director, said that using firearms is the most common method of suicide, followed by hanging or suffocation, and then poisoning.

Although mental health is often perceived as the cause of suicide, the CDC stressed that suicide has many intersecting factors.

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"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".

The organisation also advised the media to exercise caution when reporting on suicide to protect the sensitivity of the public and prevent others from being affected by the stories.

Suicide rates increased for all age groups under 75, but middle-aged adults aged 45 to 64 had the largest rate increase.

She said reasons people commit suicide are limitless, and instead of doubting the seriousness of what pushes someone to suicide, people should instead open their hearts.

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"From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide".

Munn also issued a plea to those struggling with suicidal thoughts: "Please listen to me-from someone who is telling you that she's been where you are-when I say that SUICIDE IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE", she wrote.

Alejo encourages anyone with thoughts of suicide or anyone needing help to reach out to pillar or other organizations. She has started a foundation in memory of her father called Jerry's Walk and she now serves as president of the board at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. Letting them hear themselves say it out loud could be enough.

As she was driving to work Friday, Buhse said, she heard three mentions of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's number, which is 800-273-8255. All calls are confidential.

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