Suicide rates in U.S. at 30 year high

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Suicide happens more often than you may be aware of, they are at a 30-year high.

According to the CDC, suicide rates soared 24 percent since 1999. More men committed suicide than women, but the suicide rate for women jumped a staggering 45 percent.

"If you are thinking about suicide today, please know that you are needed, you are important and we want you to stay," said Jennifer Battle who runs the helpline for the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.

She says while it may be tempting to focus on the numbers reports like these help start an overdue conversation.

"Each one of those numbers represents a person's story," said Battle.

"Talking about prevention, recovery, resources and awareness ultimately, over time we will see those rates decrease."

Battle says with support a lot of people contemplating suicide don't go through with it.

"There's more people that live through suicidal thinking than die by suicide and that's really important," she says.

If you need help or know of someone who does call the helpline or download a Texas Suicide Prevention app.