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It was 8 a.m. last Friday, just a few days after fashion designer Kate Spade's suicide, which led to a 30 percent increase in calls to the hotline. "Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do".

Also this week, a new study from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention raises concerns about the rise of suicides across the country.

We asked Dr. Brandt why she thinks suicide rates are sky-rocketing and she told us we live in a stressful day, but she also fear social media could be some of the blame. For many, unfortunately, the face of mental illness in 2018 is the madman shooter that terrorizes schools and other public places. The report found that the most common contributing factors include relationship problems, financial issues, substance abuse, physical health problems. She is a licensed mental health counselor and oversees statewide efforts to help those affected by suicide. While psychiatry services are covered by OHIP in Ontario, a visit to a psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor is not, and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association estimates 50-minute session costs at between $60 and $150 - out of reach for many.

"If a suicide is newsworthy, we want to give readers the key facts and not leave them in the dark", Corbett said.

The lifeline connects to a free suicide prevention network of over 160 local crisis centers. "Just the story can become a trigger, and reminds them of their loved one, especially when the reporting is terrible", she says. 49 states actually saw a rise in suicides, with Nevada being the only one with a decrease in deaths caused by suicide. We can not prevent all suicides, but we create an environment where the potential for suicide is at least unlikely by being there for each other and encouraging them to seek help.

In Mahoning County, the number of suicides jumped from 27 in 2013 to 39 in 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Health's database. Physicians and nurses commit suicide more often than average Americans, with rates higher for women in both professions.

Finally, if you know someone who might be at risk during this time of heightened reporting on the topic, there are simple measures you can take to be supportive, Reidenberg says.

"Be available", he says. "People are going to get help", Reidenberg said.

For a person who feels disconnected, just a little connection can make all the difference.

If you know someone who is stuggling, or if you're struggling yourself, don't be afraid to reach out.

If you or someone you know is having a hard time, do not handle it alone, immediately seek help by calling 911 or The National Suicide Hotline 1-800 SUICIDE.

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