Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

How to get help for someone who might be suicidal

Click for more information about the rising trend of suicide in the U.S. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30 percent, the government report finds.

One mental health expert in Indianapolis said don't call it "suicide"; call it "death by suicide", because it is really about battles with depression and anxiety.

Munn also issued a plea to those struggling with suicidal thoughts: "Please listen to me-from someone who is telling you that she's been where you are-when I say that SUICIDE IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE", she wrote.

Despite an increased awareness and more help available than ever before, there is still a stigma attached to reaching out for help.

In 2016, 72 suicides were reported in Berks County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Thursday on suicide rates across the U.S. According to the report, the suicide rate in Minnesota jumped 40.6 percent over 18 years. Out of the 10 leading causes of death suicide is the only leading cause that has not seen a decrease in the numbers.

From 1999 to 2016, both Missouri and Arkansas saw an increase of 36 percent in suicide deaths.

When people take their own lives, the question of "why they did it" arises from the public. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Although mental health is often perceived as the cause of suicide, the CDC stressed that suicide has many intersecting factors.

"While suicide is nobody's fault, it's everybody's problem, and we all have a role to play in preventing suicide", Staley said. Among people aged 15 to 34, suicide is the second leading cause of death. "So that's where educating and bringing about awareness is how we save lives".

Dr Christine Moutier, a psychiatrist and chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said it was important everyone knew the warning signs and to intervene when someone appeared troubled.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, self-harm, or is anxious, depressed, upset or needs to talk, call the 27/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line at 741-741.