Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's deaths are part of a growing problem in the US

Florence Lopez
June 13, 2018

Suicide rates across the United States are on the rise.

Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide didnothave a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

"These findings are disturbing", Schuchat says. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.

"The data supports what we know about that notion", Gordon said.

And the Vermont Health Department's 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34 and third for ages 10 to 14.

Extensive suicide prevention efforts have kept rates of suicide deaths relatively low in CT, but the numbers have still increased steadily since 1999, particularly among middle-aged people, state and federal statistics show.

In a report that examines trends in suicide at the state level from 1999 to 2016, the CDC says suicide rates have increased in almost every state.

The rates of suicide for all states and the District of Columbia were calculated using data from the National Vital Statistics System.

Overall, the most common method used was firearms.

WHERE: Audio conference. Phone number to be sent to those who RSVP. She added that intentionality is hard to determine in cases in which a person dies by overdose.

"There is no single cause for a death by suicide, but rather a confluence of factors that lead someone to exceed their capacity for emotional pain", the release stated.

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Research shows suicides are up in nearly every state across the country. DE saw the smallest increase at 5.9%, while North Dakota saw a 57.6% increase over the same period.

"We don't have all the answers".

It's a stigma she said needs to end, so people can help loved ones before it's too late. High rates of suicide among veterans and middle-aged women have also been reported.

Any potential increase in suicides following media stories is nicknamed the "Werther effect", dating back to fears of contagious suicides after publication of Goethe's novel, "The Sorrows of Young Werther", which detailed a character's suicide.

Ribeiro and Franklin's team has already developed powerful machine learning algorithms for electronic health records that can predict with 80-90 percent accuracy whether someone will attempt suicide as much as two years into the future. "What are we doing as a nation to help people to manage these things?"

Conversations about mental health came to the forefront this week after designer Kate Spade committed suicide, her family saying she suffered from mental health issues. "Especially in our rural areas, it's of great concern".

On Thursday, public health officials urged people with suicidal thoughts to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Now, suicide is often associated with a mental health problem like depression. "Rural residents face lower levels of anonymity in seeking services due to the close-knit nature of rural communities", Smalley said. Suicide affects all of us - we all face challenges and have mental health to manage. Galea, who was not involved in the new study, added that for this reason, the new research should be taken "very seriously".

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"To be honest I didn't even know what suicide was when I was in middle school", said Monroe.

"A lot of suicide is a one-time effort, so having guns available, for example, makes one more likely to complete suicide, but that in and of itself is not an explanation for why suicide is going up", Galea said.

Shuchat said there are simple steps anyone can take to help someone at risk.

It also encourages everyone to inquire into their friends' and family member's well being, listen to them, and reduce access to lethal means for those at risk. We are working diligently to prevent suicide.

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