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Numerous Suicide Prevention Strategies Available, CDC Says

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There are numerous strategies to prevent suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Most states, including Mississippi, experienced a rise in suicide rates between 1999 and 2016, the CDC announced last week.

Mississippi had an almost 18 percent increase in its suicide rate during that time period while other states saw significantly higher increases.

Many people who commit suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition, the CDC says.

Numerous factors can contribute to suicide, including relationship problems, substance abuse, jobs/finances, housing problems, legal issues, health difficulties, a recent crisis or other issues. There could be a combination of factors.

The CDC’s technical package to prevent suicide can be viewed by clicking here.

Warning signs of suicide include, feeling like a burden, being isolated, increased anxiety, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, increased substance use, looking for a way to access lethal means, increased anger or rage, extreme mood swings, expressing hopelessness, sleeping too little or too much, talking or posting about wanting to die and making plans for suicide, according to the CDC.

The below steps can help prevent suicide, the CDC says:

Identify and support people at risk of suicide.

Teach coping and problem-solving skills to help people manage challenges with their relationships, jobs, health, or other concerns.

Promote safe and supportive environments. This includes safely storing medications and firearms to reduce access among people at risk.

Offer activities that bring people together so they feel connected and not alone.

Connect people at risk to effective and coordinated mental and physical healthcare.

Expand options for temporary help for those struggling to make ends meet.

Prevent future risk of suicide among those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Healthcare systems can:

Provide high quality, ongoing care focused on patient safety and suicide prevention.

Make sure affordable and effective mental and physical healthcare is available where people live.

Train providers in adopting proven treatments for patients at risk of suicide.

Offer treatment options by phone or online where services are not widely available.

Employers can:

Promote employee health and well-being, support employees at risk, and have plans in place to respond to people showing warning signs.

Encourage employees to seek help, and provide referrals to mental health, substance use disorder, legal, or financial counseling services as needed.

Schools can helps students manage problems with relationships and school.

Everyone can:

Ask someone you are worried about if they’re thinking about suicide.

Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal means for those at risk.

Be there with them. Listen to what they need.

Help them connect with ongoing support like the Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

Follow up to see how they’re doing.

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