CDC: Suicide rates rising in Connecticut

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There has been a 19.2 percent increase in suicide in Connecticut from 1999 to 2016, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

The report says suicide rates nationwide have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999.

The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports that there were 388 people who killed themselves in 2016. That number went up to 402 in 2017.

Dr. John Santopietro, a psychiatrist and medical director at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, calls suicide a public health crisis. He says warning signs include changes in behavior and sleep, changes in eating, someone talking about wanting to die and a person giving away sentimental items.

If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It's available 24/7 and provides free and confidential support.

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