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Suicide rates climbing, CDC urges intervention

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Suicide rates are increasing at an alarming rate. Between 2008 and 2009, the suicide rate in the United States rose by 2.4% with 36,909 reports of suicide deaths. In 2008, 13.4% of the individuals who committed suicide experienced job and financial difficulties according to a report from the CDC released last August. To underscore the issue, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24/7 crisis hotline has experienced call volume increase of 14% between 2010 and 2012.

The CDC has been prompted to recommend increasing job placement counseling as well as financial services that help to lower mental distress.

“The recent increase in suicide, whether heightened by economic strain or other social triggers, signifies the need for education and training on understanding and preventing suicide. The suicidal state is both preventable and treatable. Services and education have been proven to save lives. Armed with the right tools to identify the warning signs and implement helper tasks, we can fight that crisis,” said Dr. Lisa Firestone, Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and Violence and Suicide Prevention Alliance.

Between 2008 and 2009, nearly 4% of the adult population reported suicidal thoughts (8.3 million adults) and over 2.2 million adults said they made suicide plans while over 1 million actually attempted suicide.

The CDC reports that 20% of adults have some type of mental illness although only a third get treatment for it. With an anticipated continuing decrease in mental health services, education for schools, healthcare providers, military personnel, law enforcement and the general public on suicide prevention would be the best way to combat the increasing problem.

Source: MedicalNewsToday

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