"Alarming" Chis Cuomo HAMMERS Trump's STUPID Leadership lead to US Suicide Rate Rises High in years

"Alarming" Chis Cuomo HAMMERS Trump's STUPID Leadership lead to US Suicide Rate Rises High in years

and beat it and like almost every other disease we too often won't admit we have it or seek treatment only mental illness has that Sigma the reach the reasons the need for the resolve to take it out of the shadows that's the point of tonight erase the stigma there is hope there is help let me show you the problem and the solution please come with me let's get after it here is the fact the u.s. suicide rate is up 33 percent over the last two decades it's the highest level since world war two on average 123 Americans die by suicide each day it's especially devastating on our most valued citizens our veterans 20 vets take their own lives every day we're so lost in this country on how to deal with the reality think about it we actually criminalize the effects of this illness suicide is illegal addiction is illegal and that seems to be the best this society can do to relate and yet there is no illness that touches more of us and in more ways think about it we're gonna have the national suicide lifeline number on throughout the hour if you need it use it that is strength not weakness if you know someone who is in trouble reach out tonight is about shining a light with the help of one of the best people I've met in this business chief medical correspondent dr. Sanjay Gupta Angela glass she's a mother a wife and a nurse from Victoria Texas not the type you might think would battle thoughts of suicide but she is emblematic of a terrifying story now unfolding in the United States okay pain medication and hydrocodone and I took they say nights for the anxiety to be acting different it got worse after we lost a child and has just steadily gotten more since then it's come to where I take way more than I'm supposed to and even the other night I was sitting there thinking maybe I should just take all of these and just go to sleep it's hard to see that sort of pain that relentless stress with hardly any resiliency it's also the prescription for what has become a uniquely American form of despair hi I'm Angela God in the United States suicide rates have been steadily climbing since 1999 today they are 33% higher eaten enough people have died of deaths of despair to make it of the same order of magnitude as all the people have died of AIDS in the u.s. since beginning of the AIDS crisis those mortality changes were large enough to cause life expectancy to fall first for whites and then for the entire population and that's a really unusual event it's complicated and different for everyone but for Angela as close as she got to ending it all her turnaround was even more remarkable when you decided to go to to rehab how difficult the decision was that it was it was hard and I consider everything that I learned there a coping skill they taught me to talk and I thought it was silly when the instructor came in and was telling us just sit back in your chair just relax take ten deep breaths and halfway through I was like wait this is working and I just felt so much better that day was the best date that I had had in years just knowing that I can make it there a day without that medication it's it's amazing I mean the story typically is as you know I mean tens of thousands of people die every year from from these overdoses but you came out the other side I definitely feel like if there was a lot more people like my husband and my mom how supportive they were that a lot of people would get help earlier you were so you were so good and really I'm really happy that you're doing well thank you Wow eighty percent who get treatment for those types of maladies that genre of mental illness that falls into depression or as we say deaths of despair they can come out of it she's on any medication despair my concern with the word is that it it takes us to an emotion or a mood despair gives us desperate desperation how do you keep it clear that it's an illness not a feeling I think that's a good point I mean you know that depression is the biggest disease associated with suicide I think as a point that should not get lost in all this I think what these economists and others were the point they were trying to really go for is fundamentally though if you have a country that where suicides are going up as well as drug overdoses as well as liver cirrhosis from alcoholism is there a more underlying sort of issue here what's driving that and by the way there's other countries around the world that have had similar economic challenges the United States they've had similar challenges politically whatever it might be so why is it different in the United States that's what they were sort of driving at and the who once you get to us that it is somewhat special with us who in this country white people why primarily whites and primarily white working-class and what and what that means if you if you look at the three largest demographics african-americans thir mortality rates are actually higher than whites but they've been steadily going down Hispanics mortality rates are actually lower than whites and they've been steadily going down but as you say the whites and primarily white working-class they're the ones their mortality rates have been going up so significantly that it is lowered life expectancy now for the whole country the why is is a complicated question I think there's two primary things that you know the economists point to one is this idea that we're talking about Christy sons and daughters of the greatest generation or grandsons and granddaughters in some ways they were supposed to inherit the earth maybe they were supposed to inherit the United States and instead they see jobs leaving they see wages dropping and now they see themselves dying at a faster rate than any of their similar cohorts anywhere around the world it's almost an underlying existential sort of stress that's that's one of the theories put forth and also there's this other idea that you know when you live in a place of tremendous glaring income inequality that's also very stressful for society if I can for a cell what's driving it is this idea that it's far worse to expected something and not received it versus simply not receiving it can that then spiral into manifestations of these various problems that we're talking about I think so that's what these economists believe can take the form of suicide what you're talking about tonight drug overdoses alcoholism in some ways these are all self-inflicted yeah and even this wisdom are sheds light on an ignorance we're getting this information from economists because we don't study mental health the way we do physical illness they're absolutely right this did not come from the medical community and even when the economists first pointed this out to people and they pointed it out to the medical community at first they were sort of ridiculed right you wouldn't be serious yeah how is this possible how is it that we are one of the wealthiest nations and we're seeing this but but it's true well let's do this when you have somebody as valuable as you you keep them around stay with me or the show help me ask the right questions in these situations let's try and do some good you guys great to have any brother yeah it's great to have dr. Sanjay Gupta always now something else that will be very helpful what do you think let's get a conversation going you know how to get me on Twitter we all know that go at Chris Cuomo but tonight let's keep it positive and productive okay and I will then later in this show show where people's heads are what you accept what you don't accept will you make of this theory that we just revealed to you do you buy it all right when we come back we have a very special guest the widow of Linkin Park singer chester bennington all right what is it like to live through this to come out the other side with the pain that you hold of loss as the good doctor told you men our nearly four times more likely to die by suicide but reality isn't as simple as a statistic in fact we see that women are diagnosed with depression at higher rates instead men tend to self-medicate and we know how right drugs alcohol men are nearly twice as likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence but alcohol is a known risk factor for suicide so you see one of our goals tonight is to see how these things fit together all right depression addiction suicide it all fits together the manifestation of that often looks like the life of thank you for taking this opportunity thank you so much for shedding light on such a necessary topic let's start with what you want people to know because what you have lived well I want people to know that you're not alone no matter what I'm living this in the public eye and there are but there are millions of people all across the world that are living it privately and in shame and you don't need to be in shame because you're not alone whether you're suffering from depression or you love somebody that is you're not alone so that's really what I want people to understand we're all at the end of the day we're all we're all people we're all we're all humans and there is nothing to hide from this is not weakness it is illness and you can help by doing the simplest things of reaching out to others those are beautiful but also powerful messages something else that you lived as a reality the idea of how men deal with this appreciation of mental illness what did you see in your husband oh I I saw a wide range of things it's a lot of it is what I didn't see as well but I did there was alcohol you know alcoholism there was drug addiction but he wasn't off the rails like all the time most of the time very rarely actually it was when a huge isolate when he wouldn't reach out to hang out with his friends those that that's when looking back I now know those were some of the biggest signs that were out there you know it's interesting our culture has evolved in some ways and others not enough your husband was one of many not just in the entertainment world but with this so yeah look I got my ups and downs I got some problems with substances they're not gonna say that about their mental health it is very rare to hear somebody say I think I'm in the struggle here you know I think that my chemicals are upside down I think I'm battling with depression or some kind of they don't want to say that your husband didn't say that in the statistics reveal that we do not see men getting treated at the same rate as women although women are diagnosed more often than men right it's interesting right and me that goes back to you know I'm an old culture of telling our boys to kind of suck it up and deal with the death of Chester I really wanted to use the platform that he spent his life creating to let those fans and and the world know his death not in vain you're not alone there are other people out there suffering and let's talk about it you know Chester would go to treatment sometimes he would go to therapy but I will be very honest he was never open and about being okay with struggling with depression he did speak about it he did write songs about it that was his outlet but I'll tell you at home it wasn't like I'm having a hard day today like let's talk and that's really what I want to like do what I can to change in our inner homes we have to make mental illness like physical illness people aren't afraid to say they have diabetes they're not afraid to say god forbid they even have cancer they say it and they deal with it and we see it as strength not weakness as we do with mental health let me ask you something know about your own journey what was the hardest thing for you and all of this emotionally and how did you deal with that oh time my children that was obviously the hardest thing for me but with having to tell them our twins were only five when he passed away so it was it was one thing to say that daddy's gone but I knew that there was going to come a day where I had to explain how he died before social media did and that's I just kind of dove into the mental health space and I saw that there were so many amazing organizations working to try to reduce the stigma to try to help people but it's not very streamlines it's it's kind of where do you go there is a suicide lifeline you have you have posted up there there are also different organizations all across the nation that help family members that help friends that even help people when you're not in that heightened state of of emergency because it is health you know if we don't take care of our health we will become ill period so we need to have support even when we're feeling well you are a hundred percent right and I know now it's second nature to you it's so common sensical once you've lived it in seen the reality but so many in this society are still blind is something that shadows every aspect of our life to Linda I know that this is a conversation you wish you never had to have but having lived through it thank you for using your experience to help others we are privileged to give you the platform tonight thank you I'm honored thank you very much the honor is ours god bless and be well and the best of the kids thank you alright so look two decades we have seen something that really should bother you we all say at eyes the worst year since the armed forces started keeping close track of this twenty vets every day take their own lives it's a number that's been pretty consistent for about a decade Matt Miller is with us tonight he is the director of the VA is Veterans and military crisis line we appreciate you being here and thank you for the job that you do thank you Chris it's a pleasure to be here with you and thank you for giving the VA an opportunity to join in this important discussion we have our best on it I am joined here with dr. Sanjay Gupta and I need him to make sure we're asking the right questions to get as much information in perspective out from someone who knows so let me bring them into the conversation what do we need to know the story you know it's interesting and Chris and Matt Matt obviously knows this but historically you know we think of veterans as having much higher suicide rates which they do but that historically hasn't been the case I mean in the past that's actually been lower than the general population I think the question people always hear this number 2022 people dying by their own hand every day veterans the big question Matt I mean you know why is that happening why does it continue to happen over a decade now do we have any insights into what's going on and how to maybe curb those numbers of it why is the question to obviously start with it's the question that's on all of our minds and it's the question that comes to mind I think first when we experience this it's the question that came to my mind first when a friend and colleague United States Marines died by suicide when we were stationed together back in 2004 and five it's a complex answer it's a very individually based answer it's a combination of an a complicated combination of risk factors and protective factors veterans are extremely resilient as a group and as a population veterans also face unique challenges and unique risk factors within the suicide and suicide prevention fight well there is also unique resistance is there not mad I mean one of the things that we've learned is that in the community even when it was started off with PTSD right we've dropped the D because of the stigma of the word disorder but there are many men and women in your community where they don't want to admit this because they see it as weakness they are warriors and this is weakness now of course that's not true but how do you combat that I think veterans are I have a little different perspective on that a veteran as well I think that there are very real questions and issues that veterans may face in terms of pursuing treatment or seeking assistance but I would also pose that veterans are uniquely trained and have uniquely learned when to charge and go forward and go it alone if need be versus when to call in for help I think that some of the challenges that we're working hard within the VA to address are converting some of the things that you've talked about with other guests already which is converting this awareness into increased help seeking how to seek help how to get the help what this help look like when do I need help and educating veterans in that way and that is going to be a broad community effort including the VA and beyond the VA yeah I'm curious you know the the resources available at the VA I mean there's been studies shown that that veterans who interact with the VA get health services there are then less likely to die by suicide and yet you also hear in the news lately I mean headlines last few months that there have been veterans who've taken their own lives right outside a VA hospital right right right at the entrance to the VA hospital for example what what's what's going on there are there enough resources is there a concern about the mental health resources available at the VA for veterans you raise several good points within that dr. Bhutta one is the number 20 if we take a look a little more deeply at the 20 per day with veterans first one is is too many within that 2014 have not had care within the VA six have veteran is veteran to us however in the VA and we are looking to design and implement suicide prevention programs and services that reach all veterans the 14 and the six talking about the on campus suicides actually on campus rates on the VA are lower than on campus rates at non-va facilities and on campus suicides have decreased by 84% the Joint Commission found from one year to the next recently so good news overall nonetheless as I said and coming back to the main point one is too many therefore we are working on and have developed the national suicide prevention plan and roadmap and are working closely with communities through the mayoral challenge the governor's challenge to combine resources across treatment and prevention we will put the information out we appreciate the work that you are doing and you raise a point that whether it's veterans or non veterans Matt if you get treatment your chances of survival just skyrocket and we have to see it as a show of strength not weakness thank you so much Matt Miller god bless and good luck with the work going forward so here's the number that we're showing if you need it use it if you know someone who you think could benefit from it reach out 1-800 273 talk or eight to five five gets you to the same place now press 1 if you're a veteran when you're calling then you'll be transferred to a VA staffer we'll keep putting up the number you know it's gonna be there I'll tweet it out it's there if you need it use it our next guest knows how to stop this tragic loss of life think about that something so pervasive in our society and it's not like cancer where we've haven't figured out exactly what we have something here she's the lead scientist of the severity rating scale called the Columbia protocol this thing has dramatically helped lower suicide rates when it is implemented even in the military what are the solutions next leading ways that we can end it is through something called the Columbia protocol Kelly Posner Garson Hobart founder and director of the Columbia lighthouse project developed the protocol joins us now it is great to see you we are friends I love you and I love this work I'm joined by two people I respect and admire that is a gift what is it what does it do why does it work well I just want to step back for a second and and start with the good news as you're saying that there there is hope there is help suicide is preventable and suffering people don't have to suffer in silence so one of the things that we've known you know why we haven't been able to to touch the needle very much is that 50% of suicides see their primary care doctor the month before they die we should be asking questions the way we monitor for blood pressure we know that many adolescents who've tried to take their own lives that show up to the emergency department are not there for psychiatric reasons so we know if we're not asking like we do vision testing our blood pressure we won't find the people suffering in silence but you know we've learned that even that's not enough so the Department of Defense in the under secretaries office they had this and the VA had this urgent recognition dr. Franklin that we must go beyond the doctor's office we must find people where they live work and thrive because many people won't have the will to come to you so when we start to ask everybody put it in their hands you know many people won't ever get to the doctor's office so coach Pierre spouse Janet or even so what's happened so the Columbia protocol is a simple set of questions that help us for the first time identify who's actually at risk who don't worry about what the questions are to ask what to do with the answers but also breaking down those barriers of stigma that that people want to be asked and they need to be asked you know when people are suffering they actually want help and there's this myth that if you ask somebody it's going to cause them to be suicidal when it's actually the opposite they feel they feel relief and they feel grateful when you ask and and it's quite an empowering feeling and the other thing is forget about that it's the right questions when you're asking and when we have a language it builds connectedness you know the CDC has told us that feelings of isolation and loneliness are one of our greatest risk factors do you know that loneliness is equal to having 15 cigarettes a day it can be more lethal than smoking and hypertension I mean it's amazing and when you actually connect that caring and that asking can be can be medicine I think that's such an important point in anybody as you're saying it's not just the doctors but anybody can potentially have a role here is this is this a screening test in your mind or I mean or have I already identified something in somebody and now I'm concerned I mean because the issue is that a lot of people may not have symptoms rightly exactly so we must ask like blood pressure we must ask everywhere and when you're at the doctor's office it's not who are you worrying about you're asking everybody but the parent and everybody else there's just have a tool or the guy that works at the gun counter because that guy who goes up to the gun counter buy that gun to kill himself does not want to die and does not know there's help so something as simple as having a public health approach and finding people you know we've we've seen dramatically how well that works so so the Air Force for example they were the first ones every airman every spouse dentist they were the only service this year to reduce suicide the Marines were the first ones to test that every legal assistant clergy they reduced suicide 22% that year so we're rolling this out you know we talked we talked about people taking their own lives in the in the parking lots of the AIDS so we're gonna give it to the parking lot attendants hopefully I just did a training with all the lawyers and the that the recognition from the government that you got for the work was the highest I can't you're the only person I've ever had who hides the highest civilian honor that they can get behind your hair when you show them the award and what did it mean to you to get to it about the promise of the protocol you know I was awarded the Secretary of Defense medal for exceptional public service because the work with the military you know really showing it was so empowering to show that we can we can combat this you know shared humanitarian crisis that we have in suicide so and they were the first ones to really show and partner that we must put it in everybody's hands and you know by breaking down these barriers of not identifying the people who suffer but I just want to say so we know we need to identify and find people who need help but the other thing is the biggest cause of suicide is this treatable medical illness called depression but we don't think of depression like we think of cancer you would never hear the word choice when it comes to cancer so that means that because of that stigma I'm misunderstanding fifty to seventy-five percent of people who need treatment don't get it and let me just say how many people are touched you know it's the number one cause of global disability number one cost humanity more than anything but incredibly treatable once we break down that barrier is there enough resources available though because we talk about the fact like if I identify somebody and now I say well I want to get them into a hospital or get them care because of the stigma in part at an institutional level there may not be enough doctors enough beds enough resources overall yes well I I think that's one of the benefits of having the right questions to identify who's at risk so only 1% of people on the Columbia actually need a next step so you're able to maximize you know and optimize your resources and very powerful ways and when we think about the simplicity of some treatments antidepressants that anybody can prescribe right so we of course have to address them and what we'll do is in social media tonight we're going to put out how people can go to the site see what it is understand how if they're a manager they're responsible for anything they can bring this and bring this information in and spread the awareness my friend thank you for the work that you're doing thank you Chris deserve to be here all right thank you we asked you what do you think let's talk what do you buy what do you not buy what are you worried about what do you want to know we'll go through some of the biggest most popular comments next it's even with a debate going on right now the reaction to this special edition of primetime about mental illness has been overwhelming so many of you reached out on social media to join the conversation so let's give you a few baskets few buckets of common all right here's one about people who are confused by what they saw in their own lives my 23 year old son died by suicide one day he was laughing living life and the next he was gone I don't understand how someone who just loved life would just leave first of all we are sorry for your loss Jacqueline and thank you for sharing it with us so we can spread some understanding that's a constant conmen confusion but they were happy how were they depressed to Linda's you know she that's what she had originally talked about with with her husband as well you know she was so surprised he seemed happy everything was going great yeah 54% you know the statistic 54% of people who die by suicide had no diagnosed mental illness now what does that mean did they not have depression probably not that that's not what it means it means that they had not been diagnosed as if yet this was the first time they outwardly displayed something that people took notice of there were probably warning signs earlier but sometimes they're heard I'm asking they have been masked maybe I'm trying to cope all right next one many studies have shown the impact of social media contributing to rates of depression anxiety we now live in a world where some feel inadequate compared to others perceived or actual successes and I would add hollow girl thank you for that and also this is one of the most toxic places in the world this Twitter where people are preying on weakness you see it you know because you're in the public eye you know it's I have three preteen girls at home and the social media part of it I got to tell you chris is probably my biggest concern I feel like they're physically safer than they used to be because they don't go out as much they don't do those sorts of things but they're there on the devices they're on social media and I worry about the mental health toll versine before I read this thing the other day that said this with the smartphone in social media we've seen the single biggest behavioral shift ever recorded in human history because of this device and because of the way that we're now utilizing it last one so often I hide my thoughts and feelings due to the stigma of mental illness even though I know it's more self-inflicted than anything else thank you to all who reached out and shared but listen to this it's not self-inflicted all right we're gonna have perspective on what is happening to us as opposed what we are doing to ourselves that's why we want to get this out you didn't make yourself sick with mental illness anything

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