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How to have tough conversations about mental health

11 June 2018, 06:39 | Franklin Nunez

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According to the study, the rate of suicide in the USA rose almost 30 percent between 1999 and 2016.

One day after the Center for Disease Control declared that suicide was a national problem, another celebrity has died after an apparent suicide.

Mental health experts say could be a contributing factor.

In just one week, two high profile celebrities were found dead after authorities said they committed suicide.

Locally, the Laredo Health Department have seen a decrease in suicide from 2015 to 2018, with 41 reported suicides.

At the same time, it can lead to better awareness about suicide, said Silbert, who is also board president of the Greater Northeast Pennsylvania chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The stigma attached to mental health services often prevents people from seeking help.

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"We need to talk about mental illness as a real thing and do not be judgmental, have compassion". Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase, rising to 19.2 per 100,000 in 2016 from 13.2 per 100,000 in 1999. The radio announcer, she said, encouraged listeners to look for warning signs in friends, neighbors, co-workers.

"I have lived with anxiety and sporadic bouts of depression for most of my adult life", Munn wrote alongside a post listing global suicide hotlines. The most recent rates, for the years 2014 to 2016, ranged from a low of 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to a high of 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana.

Suicide rate increases ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota, the report said.

His suicide death has people sharing their memories from that night.

"Statistics show that if we can reach troubled people before, even in the midst of suicide ideation, there is a good chance they can be helped", said Schumer.

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.



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