Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
"Our crisis centers across the country are chronically underfunded", said John Draper, executive director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which can be reached at +1-800-273-TALK and provides free support 24 hours a day.
"Our data suggests that suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said. "It's not just a mental health concern", Deborah Stone, lead author of the CDC's new study, told NPR.
"A lot of times this is something that's been building up with people", Marx said.
"There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide". The radio announcer, she said, encouraged listeners to look for warning signs in friends, neighbors, co-workers. "When there is a listing in the obituaries, that is something that is often not included (as the cause of death), although more families seem to be including it as a way to educate people about the prevalence of the problem".
"If I don't have somebody to turn to, obviously my chances of committing suicide or trying to commit suicide are much higher", said Olson.
"If you're anxious about somebody you know ask open and clearly", Marx said. She has started a foundation in memory of her father called Jerry's Walk and she now serves as president of the board at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.
"How do we break the silence around helping individuals that are struggling?"
"One of the statistical things we know is that one of the best things we can do to reduce suicide when we are concerned about people is to continue to wrap around loved ones around them, not necessarily professionals", Walker said. "If I say it, will they get that idea from me?'" It's important to do not forget to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themselves.
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, help is available in Kansas. All calls are confidential.
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