US reeling under suicide menace, reports CDC

Life can often be extremely taxing, throwing up a whole lot of challenges that catch a person unawares. In such scenarios, some people emerge as fighters having used their survival skills, while others buckle under the pressure gravitating towards either substance abuse, or in certain grave situations, even contemplating suicide.

Suicidal tendencies have often been linked to depression, and can stem from when a person feels inadequate, has low self-esteem and is not going through the best time in their lives. Seeing how suicide has been a major cause of concern in the U.S. populace, suicide rate trends were evaluated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between the years 1999 and 2015, using and collating data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) and the annual county-level data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

It was found that during this period, 6 million U.S. residents committed suicide, with 2015 seeing the highest number of suicides. During the survey, the emphasis was to keep comparing the relatively urban areas with the less urban ones.

The joinpoint regression methodology was applied in calculating the time-series data for the different levels of urbanization. The purpose of focusing on different areas was to pinpoint and identify those pockets that reported high suicide rates over the years and then accordingly implement prevention efforts.

Suicide is not the answer to problems

Often, one is fed up with the hurdles in life and seeks solace in the idea of ending it forever. It can be a cumulative result of deteriorating personal or professional environments, as well as stress related issues, such as lack of appreciation at the workplace, facing harassment at work, repeated arguments with a loved one and so on. After being on the decline till 1986, the suicide rate across the country shot up during 2000-2015. During 1999-2007 and 2008-2015, the suicide rates in case of males were four times those of females in the geographical areas covered.

A wider role is played by geographical disparities in certain areas, owing to factors that govern the particular area. For instance, less urban areas run the risk of limited or no access to mental health care. As far as these areas are concerned, even behavioral health care is far and few, and hence it becomes a challenge to not resort to extreme measures such as suicide.

Seek help when you can

Suicide and its causes have multiple factors, as is already established, observing the symptoms of depression, substance abuse and a less satisfactory environment. Similarly, the methods for curbing suicide can’t be unidimensional and need to be all-encompassing to ensure their effectiveness. Problem-solving skills and coping skills have been found to be of great help when it comes to treating someone who has suicidal tendencies, and that is one area of focus one can work upon.

One other strategy that could work well in solving the problem is lesser access to means of harm among people who have been known to be of fickle temperament. It always helps the society to live holistically in an environment of harmony, and that can only be ensured by the continuous support of the community. At the end of the day, suicide prevention can only be done if everyone in the community looks after the other and it is a tight-knit lot. Isolated areas can do well to have stronger knit communities, where problem-solving can be emphasized upon greatly.

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