Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

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US suicide rate on rise: health agency

In fact, according to the CDC report, 54 percent of people who die by suicide "are not known to have a diagnosed mental-health condition at the time of death". She said it was "very disturbing" to see how, based on news reports, Bourdain "pretty much imitated" Spade despite seeing the devastation her death caused her family.

His suicide death has people sharing their memories from that night.

Still, Schuchat stressed that better recognition of mental health conditions and improved access to mental health care remain important in preventing suicides.

The death of designer Kate Spade by suicide in NY this week shocked the fashion world. "If I say it, will they get that idea from me?'"

The rates of suicide vary from state to state, rates increased in almost all states.

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A graphic released by the Centers for Disease Control in June 2018 shows rising suicide rates across the USA between 1999 and 2016.

Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday.

"Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide", the CDC explained in its report. "They have a stereotype in their mind of the person who takes their life and why". "So that's where educating and bringing about awareness is how we save lives".

The number one means to commit suicide was found to be firearms, followed by hanging, and then poisoning, including through opioids.

"We have always felt suicide prevention is everyone's business", Allen said.

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On an individual level, it's also crucial to look out for the people in your life, Schuchat says. "If we can help one out of ten people, that makes a big difference".

"We can't rationalize an irrational mind", she said. "Being there for your friends and colleagues and family when they're going through a hard time can be quite important", Schuchat says.

Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. Outside of the USA, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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