How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

The only state to experience a decrease in suicides was Nevada, which saw its rate fall by one percent.

The study also broke down the data by state and found suicide rates varied widely.

Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday.

"This is essentially a problem everywhere-a problem that's getting worse", says Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of CDC.

There were almost 45,000 suicides in 2016.

The Canadian Mental Health Association said suicide rates in Sask. have increased.

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

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.

"It's important that we think about this in more broad terms than just as a mental health condition", Schuchat says.

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This article has been adapted from its original source. Rates increased significantly among males in 34 states and females in 43 states. Rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.

The GLS Suicide Prevention Resource Center - which works with colleges and states to design suicide-prevention programs around the country - has remained flat at $5.9 million in funding since 2013, Schumer added.

"One of the statistical things we know is that one of the best things we can do to reduce suicide when we are concerned about people is to continue to wrap around loved ones around them, not necessarily professionals", Walker said.

Keltz believes talking about mental health and suicide will help erase the stigma associated with it.

"If you think about if you've ever broken something or had a awful migraine or gone through labor, you want those pains to stop but you know they're going to stop", she said.

Statistics show 90 percent of people who take their own life had a treatable mental condition at the time they died.

"Increases in suicide tend to correlate with economic downturns", she said.

Those who need help can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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