In a recent report, the CDC said suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and one of only three causes that are on the rise, along with drug overdoses and Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers found that more than half did not have a known mental health diagnosis when they took their own life. In most cases, relationship problems, substance misuse and stress from financial or legal issues were the biggest contributors to the risk of suicide.
Most often suicide is not caused by any one single factor.
In the past 20 years, 25 states have seen suicide rates increase by 30% or more. Wisconsin is just below that, with an increase of 25.8%.
"Have the conversation," Jennifer Mueller, a counseling psychologist with Gundersen Health, said. "We can't avoid it. We need to be talking about and saying the word 'suicide', 'ending your life', 'have you thought about killing yourself?'"
According to CDC data, men are most at risk of suicide, most commonly turning to firearms. The CDC is urging people to learn the warning signs such as major changes in mood, talk of hopelessness or being a burden to others, or increased substance abuse.
The CDC recommends to reduce access to any lethal means like firearms or medications.
There are a number of resources including Great Rivers 2-1-1, available 24 hours a day. You can also text them at 898211.
The national suicide hotline is available at (800) 273-TALK