RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A recent report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that suicide rates have been rising in almost every state. Sometimes you don't know what someone is going through until it's too late.
Suicide rates are climbing, as a top 10 leading cause of death, it's also a preventable one. Kenisha Evans went through a time where she had suicidal thoughts, but she has since overcome them.
"If you're having thoughts make sure you go seek help," Evans said.
Mariah Evans, her sister, was Kenisha's support system when she found out what she was going through. She says you never know what someone is truly battling.
"They're smiling every time you see them but behind closed doors, they're feeling some type of way but nobody can help them because they're not saying anything," Mariah said.
In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide, according to the CDC. Dr. Dale Peeples, Augusta University associate professor, encourages kids who have friends experiencing suicidal thoughts to make sure an adult knows.
"It's a lot of stress and a lot of responsibility for a teenager to take on the well-being of their friend, I don't think it's anything a teenager should have to do alone," Dr.Peeples said.
Almost 3 percent of kids nationwide had made an attempt at suicide that caused them to seek medical attention.
"If you look at the Georgia data with that, it's actually higher than the national data, so the Georgia data on kids who actually had to seek medical attention was 4.6 percent instead of 2.8 percent," Dr.Peeples explained.
If you are an adult having these thoughts you need to seek help, too. Evans says after suppressing her thoughts, she reached out to family and it brought her to a better place.
"At first I kept it to myself, but then it got to the point that I couldn't keep it and I had to release it and when I released it I found the support that I needed and I got better," Evans said.
There are many variables that make someone want to take their life, for some kids it could start with bullying, not just at school but on the internet.
"You know bullying has also grown and developed into cyberbullying, so where the home used to be a place of refuge for the kids, now you have it so bullying can continue 24 hours a day," Dr.Peebles said.
The CDC is encouraging support from every sector of society to help lower these alarming rates.