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08 June 2018, 05:45 | Randall Craig
Florida and Georgia both saw an increase between 6-18 percent.
In a study of these laws in two states, in and CT, researchers at the University of Indianapolis found that the legislation led to reductions in gun-related suicides, compared with the expected numbers: they were 7.5 per cent lower in IN in the decade after enactment, and 13.7 per cent lower in CT in the year since strict enforcement began.
North Dakota had the highest rate increase at 57.6 percent, but the report found that the rate increased more than 30 percent in 25 states, including South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas.
New figures show Minnesota's suicide rate has jumped in recent years. She lamented the lack of greater resources for prevention efforts, noting that her center had to shrink staff after federal grants ran out. "It's really realizing that is' worth that fight, because it really is a fight", Bushamn said.
"Suicide does tend to rise during the holidays or at least that's what some early reports said".
Kaslow is particularly concerned about what has emerged with suicide among women.
The per capita suicide rates in Vermont and New Hampshire place them in the top fifth in the country. Urban counties had a rate of 17.
Suicide rates increased for all age groups under 75, but middle-aged adults aged 45 to 64 had the largest rate increase.
She said most people experiencing suicidal thoughts are typically relieved to have a chance to talk and get connected with services for help. The CDC suggests people learn the warning signs and how to respond, "reduce access to lethal means", including medication and firearms, and keep handy the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, manned around the clock to talk to those who are considering suicide or know someone who is.
'If we step back from the statistics, mental health does not discriminate, ' said Dr Shainna Ali, a Florida psychologist.
Since 1999, suicide has become almost 30 percent more common in the United States - and more than half of those who killed themselves in 2016 had not been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, underscoring the need for better understanding of the signs that precede suicide and access to mental health care, experts say. Other issues, including relationship problems, substance abuse, physical health problems, job- or money-related stress, legal or housing problems often contributed to risk for suicide, the report found.
"It's important that we think about this in more broad terms than just as a mental health condition", Schuchat says.
The state is rural, and studies show a connection between suicide and living in rural areas.
The experiences of CT and IN prove the point. In Connecticut, the reduction was 1.6 percent immediately after its passage and 13.7 percent after the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.
"When you look at suicides, people who attempt suicide if they use a firearm are 80 percent likely to succeed", Bollier said.
Effective strategies, she said, included teaching coping and problem-solving skills to those at risk, establishing more social "connectedness", and safe storage of pills and guns.
He points out, for example, that the nation now has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults.
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