WHO urging individuals battling mental health problems to seek support from their families

Desiree Burns
June 11, 2018

The organisation said that people who knew or were living with individuals having these experiences should talk to them about their problems, listen with an open mind and offer support. Every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide.

A study released on Thursday, June 7, by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that suicide rates rose in 49 states between 1999 and 2016, with a total of almost 45,000 suicides in 2016.

Previous studies have suggested economic downturns and the nation's opioid crisis contributed to the rise in middle-aged suicides.

Werther Effect of Copycat Suicide "is a popular term for an increase in suicide rates that (1) follow media coverage of suicide (s); or (2) are inspired by reading about others' suicides; or (3) are linked to a friend or family member who committed suicide", the medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com defines.

-Talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, a burden to others or wanting to die.

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Yes, we mourn their deaths and the realization that they were fighting a battle no one seemed to have gotten a good grasp of and understood enough to give support and healing, but beyond mourning, let us check on our friends and family around us.

This week's report found that many suicides were in people with no known mental illness.

Nbc5 News spoke with Jackson County Mental Health about why that is.

"Talk to a professional, such as a doctor, mental health professional, counselor, or social worker", the WHO said.

"When you ask everybody and not just people you might suspect, you double the number you detect", he said. "Anyone contemplating suicide should know that help is available, and that there is no shame in seeking care for your mental health", Dr. Altha Stewart of the American Psychiatric Association said in a statement.

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