How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

States in the midwest saw the most dramatic spikes, and North Dakota had the highest increase in such deaths, with a 57.6 percent jump. It's a hidden problem for many people.

"These findings are disturbing", Schuchat says. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

The report showed a fourfold difference in state suicide rates, ranging from 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington DC to 29.2 in Montana.

According to the CDC report, the number of suicides has increased by more than 30 percent in half of the states in the USA, and more than half of the people who died by suicide didn't have a known mental health condition. In fact, the government reported that 54 percent of the people who died of suicide in 2016 were not known to have a previous mental health issue.

"We don't have all the answers". Most cases, Schuchat says, can't be traced back to one single cause or trigger. The final report, published Thursday, shows the largest increase in suicide rates among middle-aged adults between 45 and 64 years of age. Though it's not clear why, there are some hints that the economic effects of the Great Recession of 2008 could be partly responsible. In contrast, 12 out of 100,000 people died from suicide in 2012. Dubbed the Werther Effect, it's very real. Utah continues to have one of the nation's highest rates for such deaths. Or for worldwide folks, a list of crisis centers can be found here.

Following the death of Anthony Bourdain, those who work is suicide prevention say they're expecting to see an increase in the number of calls.

"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.

Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country. "And tells people that might be at risk that perhaps this is a viable option for them", said Dr. Cruz.

Prevention efforts are best done when "people can get help solving the underlying drivers of the problems causing them to feel hopeless and despair", Stuber said. The national average grew at just 25 percent.

The National Suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255 or you can text "HOME" to 7-4-1-7-4-1.

  • Delores Daniels