Here’s why the adult suicide rate is rising in the US

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About 40 percent more American adults between the ages of 40 and 64 will commit suicide in the U.S. compared to 15 years ago. Suicide rates in general in the U.S. have risen in the past few years, prompting health experts to ask why. 

CCTV America’s Hendrik Sybrandy filed this report from Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Here's why the adult suicide rate is rising in the US

Here's why the adult suicide rate is rising in the US

About 40 percent more American adults between the ages of 40 and 64 will commit suicide in the U.S. compared to 15 years ago. Suicide rates in general in the U.S. have risen in the past few years, prompting health experts to ask why. CCTV America's Hendrik Sybrandy filed this report from Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Highlights:

  • Over 41,000 Americans died by suicide in 2013, a number that’s climbed steadily in recent years.
  • Some experts in the field believe poor U.S. economic conditions are partly to blame for the increasing rate. This is not too different from the Greek debt crisis, which also led to jump in suicides in the country.
  • Men in particular are loathe to talk about mental health. A new website, called mantherapy.org, uses a humorous approach to help men deal with their anxiety and even suicidal thoughts.

If you have a friend or family member who is depressed or expressing suicidal thoughts, learn about the myths and facts surrounding suicide, and take the quiz below on how to talk — and what not to say — to someone with suicidal thoughts.

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Take the following quiz to see how well-versed you are in talking to friends and family members that are expressing suicidal thoughts:

Quiz: What's the right and wrong thing to say and do to someone who is suicidal?

What’s the right and wrong thing to say and do to someone who is suicidal? Take this quiz to learn how best to deal with a loved one who is hurting. Source: Pat Moore Foundation, Lake County Suicide Prevention Coalition.


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CLICK HERE to learn about international resources in suicide prevention.


Dr. Dan Reidenberg discusses ways to prevent suicide

CCTV America interviewed Dr. Dan Reidenberg for more insight into what can be done to prevent suicide. Dr. Reidenberg is a mental health and suicide prevention expert, and leads multiple programs to help people before they take their own lives.

Dr. Dan Reidenberg discusses ways to prevent suicide

Dr. Dan Reidenberg discusses ways to prevent suicide

CCTV America interviewed Dr. Dan Reidenberg for more insight into what can be done to prevent suicide. Dr. Reidenberg is a mental health and suicide prevention expert, and leads multiple programs to help people before they take their own lives.