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

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

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

Owing to concerns about the possibility of suicide contagion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have issued media guidelines on how to report on someone's taking their own life.

In releasing the report - the same week fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead by suicide - CDC officials noted that more than half of those who died by suicide - 54 percent - did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition.

From 1999 to 2016, suicide rates increased in each state by anywhere from 5 percent to 57 percent. A significant number of people who died by suicide didn't have a known mental health condition, the study said.

"The data are disturbing", said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director.

A new study on suicide trends in 27 states found that many victims acted after relationship problems or loss; substance misuse; physical health problems; or job, money, legal or housing stress. The highest suicide rate increase was in North Dakota, at 57.6 percent, while the lowest was in DE, at 5.9 percent. While both deaths leave permanent holes in USA - and global - culture, they are an opportunity for a much-needed discussion on suicide prevention. "Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem - and something that is all around us", Schuchat said. "Anyone contemplating suicide should know that help is available, and that there is no shame in seeking care for your mental health", Dr. Altha Stewart of the American Psychiatric Association said in a statement.

There is agreement on many researchers, however, that publicity around a suicide can increase the risk of other suicides. Along with mental health training for police and correctional officers, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has pushed for education about removing prescription drugs from people's homes and reducing access to lethal weapons. "There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide". Asking if they've had suicidal thoughts is not harmful and lets them know you care, she said. Stone says they didn't separate out guns because the increase in suicide rates is seen across the board.

"So we get concerned with celebrity suicides because when there's lots of attention and lots of specific reporting about it in a sensational way people may be more likely to identify with that person", he said. We are working diligently to prevent suicide.

"But our research shows something more alarming - these increases are occurring in places that have been struggling for many years: places where incomes have been stagnant and poverty rates have been high". The rate declined in just one state, Nevada, where it has historically been higher than average.

She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. People ages 10-24 had the lowest rate.

"There have been previous reports recently that have shown suicide is one of the major contributors to a decrease in life expectancy in this country, which makes it even more alarming", he said.

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