Suicides Levels Rise To 30-Year High

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New numbers showed that suicides are at the highest level in nearly 30 years.

Gregg Loomis, a 57 year old who suffers from manic depression and bipolar disorder, has struggled with depression for many years.

I'ts been so extreme that he tried to end his own life.

"I did not want to live. I figured i'd be better off dead," Loomis said. "There was a neurochemical thing going on in my brain that twisted the way I thought."

A new report showed that more and more people are committing suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates rose to their highest level in decades.

"Suicide rates are on the rise in our nation," said Dr. Christine Moutier, of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "There has been a 24 percent increase overall."

One of the most alarming findings is that suicide rates for girls between 10 and 14 have tripled, although the overall number was still very low.

Rates for men between 45 and 64 also rose. Studies showed that middle age and financial concerns can be driving factors.

Experts said that part of the problems is the stigma surround mental health and that the focus needs to be on prevention.

"Take the shame out of seeking psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment if it`s warranted," Moutier said. "That`s part of taking care of your health."

It's been nearly 10 years since Loomis' last suicide attempt. He said that therapy, medication and exercise have helped. However, he still struggles every day.

He said he hoped being open about his struggles will help save others.

Officials with the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention said there are warning signs to watch for, including if someone is talking about being a burden to others and having no reason to live, or if they are acting recklessly and isolating themselves from family and friends.

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