Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

How to have tough conversations about mental health

How to have tough conversations about mental health

According to the report, from 1999 to 2016 suicide rates have increased more than 30 percent in half of our nation's states.

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

Experts say confronting the issues needs to be a priority. North Dakota experienced a spike of almost 58 percent.

In 2016, almost 45,000 people lost their lives to suicide, making it one of the leading causes of death on the rise in the U.S.

According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased more than 25% since 1999.

Ciaravino encouraged anyone who may be struggling to call the suicide hotline "because talking something through can often be helpful in the moment and help you feel more in control and understood".

"The crisis center has always been a very busy unit for Journey Mental Health", said Peter Zallar, Journey Mental Health.

She said reasons people commit suicide are limitless, and instead of doubting the seriousness of what pushes someone to suicide, people should instead open their hearts.

"A lot of times this is something that's been building up with people", Marx said.

But as suicide rates continue to rise across the country, Schumer said more must be done. Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase.

His suicide death has people sharing their memories from that night. "The routine of seeing your good friends every day can disappear, having your teacher that know you, having your counselor that know you has disappeared", said Zallar.

"I think when someone considers suicide they think it's their only option and it's a scary option but the pain they're going through has gotten them to that place", Litovski says.

"A celebrity's suicide can create a contagion that we want to be aware of and those individuals who are a risk, who might be connected to that celebrity, we want to reach out to them", Egan said. It's important to keep in mind to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themselves.

Research has shown that direct intervention, much like the use of suicide hotlines, can help people contemplating suicide to change their minds, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's Draper said. All calls are confidential.

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