Recent CDC report finds rates increasing

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released new state-by-state data on suicides in the USA and the news is not good.

In all, 25 states saw increases in their suicide rates topping 30 percent.

Phrases that may be meant to comfort such as, "They're in a better place now", or "They're no longer hurting", can also hurt suicide loss survivors, who might wonder, Schnell said, "Wasn't the place where we are good enough?"

Mental health experts agree that several high-profile celebrity suicides could possibly cause an increased risk of what's called suicide contagion, and that all of us should be aware of the risk factors related to suicide.

The rise of suicide turns a dark mirror on modern American society: its racing, fractured culture; its flimsy mental health system; and the desperation of so many individual souls, hidden behind the waves of smiling social media photos and cute emoticons. Voids in health insurance policies continue to prevent people from obtaining the specific mental health treatment they need.

With almost 45,000 suicides across the country in 2016, the report described suicide as a "growing public health problem" and said a variety of factors may contribute to the increase.

The CDC is calling suicide a national public health problem. But the Centers for Disease Control says that suicide isn't just now becoming a problem, rather that it is an ongoing and growing epidemic.

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The increases have been greatest in people ages 45 to 64.

Scientists are making progress in identifying ways of predicting suicide risk more precisely, including biomarkers that could indicate whether someone is more likely to attempt it, said Jane Pearson, chairwoman of the National Institute of Mental Health's suicide research consortium.

Writing in USA Today, Liz Szabo with the nonprofit Kaiser Health News quoted Dr. Jeffrey Liebermann, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, who stressed that depression and bipolar disorder can be treated successfully. "There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he said. "I didn't know them until later on when I thought back about it", said Culbreath. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. After all, most of us are beset by stressors. "Business and worry ultimately aren't going to cause someone to commit suicide".

Dr. Christine Moutier is the Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

She imagines a world where suicide isn't an off-limits or taboo subject, where we can learn to be there for each other.

"These clear steps can lower the national suicide rate", the statement said.

The latter site said its Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were "developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several global suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts".

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