Calls to the the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline rose by 25% as the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain captured public attention. "We don't really understand why there's such an increase", CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook said on "CBS This Morning". Most gun deaths - 60% - are notably attributed to suicide.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that between 1999-2016, about half of all states saw an uptick of at least 30 percent in suicides. Reporting that suicide rates have risen dramatically across most of the country in the past three decades. Almost 54 percent of the individuals did not have a diagnosed mental illness.
The report said people without known mental health problems were more likely to die by firearms than those with known mental health problems.
Reidenberg sees the connection as even more absolute. And above all, don't be afraid to ask if they've thought about suicide.
Standard anti-depression can take several weeks to work, and they aren't much useful as well, stated by the leading effort testing the drug of J&J's; Carla Canuso, in people deemed at the pipeline risk for suicide that's nearly closely associated with depression.
"Because people so rarely talk about suicide, the days on which we talk about nearly nothing else hit especially hard". If someone is concerned about a loved one, clinicians can contact that person.
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Gould, who has studied "suicide contagion" for years, said research has shown that the phenomenon is real and suggests that media coverage of celebrity deaths, in particular, can influence those who are vulnerable or at risk and can lead to a spike in suicide rates. From there, suicide became more common.
Wyoming has mental health facilities in every county to help those dealing with mental health issues, but for smaller counties having a limited number of resources can put a strain on the resources themselves. "Images of a person who appears peaceful, calm and serene send a message that suicide will get you to that peaceful place", the guidelines say.
"Be available", he says. "All of those things where people can talk openly so they can start getting help".
"Talking is what makes the difference, that personal connection that you have, one to one, where it's being talked about".
Several outlets have publicized the 1-800-273-8255 suicide prevention hotline - People and Entertainment Weekly magazines are using it on their covers - and operators say the hotline has received the largest volume of calls in its history following the celebrity deaths.
If you know someone who is stuggling, or if you're struggling yourself, don't be afraid to reach out.