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Suicide Rates Rise In Illinois And Across The Nation

Suicide rates have dramatically increased in 49 states, across all race, ethnicities, genders, and age groups, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC analyzed data from 1999 to 2016 and found high numbers of suicides among people with no diagnosed mental health condition at the time of their death. The issue is increasingly being referred to as a public health crisis.

In this interview, Morning Shift host Jenn White welcomes two experts to discuss available resources and what people can do to address this problem.

Those in need of help can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.

GUESTS: Dr. Scott Langenecker, professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Dr. Robert Shulman, associate chief of psychiatry with Rush University Medical Center

LEARN MORE: U.S. suicide rates rise sharply across the country, new report shows (Washington Post 6/7/18)

How the media covers celebrity suicides can have life-or-death consequences (Vox 6/5/18)

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