The 'trend' that is troubling the US

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

"Depression is the leading cause, the leading mental health condition associated with suicide", she said.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide.

The report comes in light of two high-profile suicides this week. 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.

Laura Marx of the Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention says solving the problem starts with knowing the warning signs. "Anyone contemplating suicide should know that help is available, and that there is no shame in seeking care for your mental health", Dr. Altha Stewart of the American Psychiatric Association said in a statement. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed".

"We need to talk about mental illness as a real thing and do not be judgmental, have compassion".

He also said it's important to take time for yourself; staying active, eating well and setting aside time to do what you like to do can help with suicidal thoughts. In Ohio, the rate increased 36%. While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation.

She says now it's a conversation that begs to be had.

The CDC suggested a wide-ranging list of ways for communities to help those contemplating suicide.

"If I don't have somebody to turn to, obviously my chances of committing suicide or trying to commit suicide are much higher", said Olson. Research shows suicide rates are increasing in the United States.

Here in CT, the suicide rate is the highest it's been in almost 30 years.

Polky says resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could end up saving someone's life - immediately and long term.

"How do we break the silence around helping individuals that are struggling?"

Little says, "It takes more courage to reach out for help than it does to suffer in silence". Researchers are now pursuing innovative projects, such as developing machine-learning tools that can better predict suicide and get immediate help to patients. Letting them hear themselves say it out loud could be enough.

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