U.S. sees increase in suicide rates, Nebraska has one of lowest rates in Midwest

CDC National Vital Statistics (Center for Disease Control)

Suicide rates in the United States are seeing a noticeable increase.

A new report just out by the CDC says suicide rates are up in every state, but one did not see as large of an increase as the rest.

Nebraska did not see as much of an increase as some states around the nation, but rates have risen 16 percent from 1999.

Mental health experts said this is a complex issue with many causes for the increase.

Suicide prevention coordinator for Region Three Behavioral Services says one challenge in treating mental illness is convincing someone to seek treatment.

"There is a lot of stigma around talking about mental health and my hope is as a prevention coordinator and an educator around suicide prevention is to get individuals to understand that openly talking about it should not be any different than openly talking about a physical illness," Jessica Schlegelmilch of Region III Behavorial Services said.

If you feel you or a loved one are in need of resources to help treat suicidal thoughts please call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit their website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ .

You can also find helpful resources at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website: https://www.samhsa.gov.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services provides wallet cards that have contact information for the National Suicide Prevention line and can be ordered for free here.

For help locally all are encouraged to contact Region III Behavioral Services http://www.region3.net/ or for 24 hour help please contact South Central Behavioral Services of Nebraska http://www.scbsne.com.

South Central Behavioral Services offices can be reached in Hastings (402-463-5684) or Kearney (308-237-5951)

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