Thursday, 13 December, 2018

The 'trend' that is troubling the US

CDC: Suicide Rates Rising Across US Suicide rates up more than 30 percent in half of U.S. states, CDC says
Melody Ballard | 10 June, 2018, 05:26

Suicide rates have been rising significantly in nearly every state; in both men and women; and across all age and ethnic groups, according to an alarming new CDC report released the same week that both fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain reportedly took their own lives. In 2016, almost 45,000 people took their lives.

Many people who died by suicide, according to the report, had recently experienced hard life events such as relationship problems, physical ailments, financial stress and job or home loss.

The CDC study found, too, that suicide increased among all sexes, ages, races and ethnic groups.

Health professionals didn't offer a reason for the increase but said suicides rarely result from a single factor.

Rural states, she explained, are still recovering from economic downturns and residents tend to be more isolated, without access to proper care.

The study also found that 54% of individuals who killed themselves had not been diagnosed with a mental-health condition.

Montana experienced about 29 suicides for every 100,000 people - the highest in the nation - compared with about seven people out of every 100,000 in the District of Columbia - the lowest.

"Suicide is a public health crisis when you look at the numbers, and they keep going up".

"Our data show that suicide is more than a mental-health issue", Schuchat said. Digging deeper, the researchers found that several circumstances, including the loss of (or problems in) a relationship, were more likely to trigger a suicide among those who did not have a mental health condition.

Favored Justify draws the rail for Belmont
Smith rode him in his last race on the Derby undercard, but will be replaced by Florent Geroux on Saturday. He got sick and missed the Derby and has been waiting to make his US debut in the grueling Belmont.

President Donald Trump: "I have the absolute right to PARDON myself"
Trump's legal team is making clear that it will combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury. Trump's lawyers said he did. "They're going to have to convince us that it's going to be a fair interview".

The summit's back on: Trump welcomes NKorean to WH
The North also demands the repatriation of a dozen North Korean restaurant workers, who came to the South in 2016 via China. Kim Yong-chol is a close aide of Kim Jong-un and is vice chairman of the ruling Workers Party's central committee.

Calls for better suicide-prevention efforts are mounting, after a federal study identified a sharp rise in suicide rates in the U.S. over the past two decades. However, Nevada had the ninth-highest suicide rate in the country.

Telling media to share "stories of hope and healing" reads like Dr. Phil integrative medicine advice, not sound mental health policy.

Oregon's rate climbed to 17.8 suicide deaths per 100,000.

Say things like "I noticed you've been looking down, or I've noticed you've said things that seem like you're really not as motivated towards life", he said. It may be uncomfortable but make sure your loved one knows you are there for them and there are resources.

If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide is increasing among all demographics, but there was a 43 percent increase in deaths of men aged 45-64 between 1999 and 2016, according to the CDC.

"We want to be there for your pain", Levin said.

Another way to help is by supporting the nonprofits that provide suicide counseling, prevention and education.

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