It shows the growing severity of the issue

It shows the growing severity of the issue

It shows the growing severity of the issue

Following the tragic loss of fashion designer Kate Spade, the Centers for Disease Control has released new information regarding suicides in Kansas. It was a shock to her fans and renewed discussions about mental health awareness.

With regards to regional suicide rate increases, the Midwest reported particularly significant numbers. Suicide is now the tenth leading cause of death in the country, and one of only three on the rise, in addition to Alzheimer's and drug overdoses. Wisconsin and IL saw an increase from 19 to 30 percent. Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in Minnesota increased across age, sex and racial groups.

Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Vermont and New Hampshire all saw suicide rate increases between 43 and almost 58 percent. "We call it a care plan, and it's a way for people to stay safe when they feel suicidal urges come out", said Scott Langernecker, Illinois chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

These red-flag laws "have generated interest in response to high-profile homicides, but in practice far more guns have been seized due to concerns of suicide risk", said Aaron Kivisto, a co-author of the study with Peter Lee Phalen. The most recent rates, for the years 2014 to 2016, ranged from a low of 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to a high of 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana.

The report also offers several strategies to prevent suicide. During the study period, rate increases ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota.

NY saw a roughly 30 percent jump since 1999, mirroring the nationwide rate for the same period, according to the agency, which examined state-level trends in suicide rates from that year through 2016.

He points out, for example, that the nation now has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. However, the fact that so many other factors appeared to contribute to suicide is an important finding.

Researchers also found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

"This is essentially a problem everywhere-a problem that's getting worse", says Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of CDC.


"We know that prevention programs work and can be effective in reducing this tragedy", Shuchat said.

Firearms were the most common method of suicide for those with and without a diagnosed mental health condition.

Among decedents aged 18 years or older, 20.1% of those without known mental health conditions and 15.3% of those with had served in the United States military.

The CDC report recommends increased cooperation and communication between government and the private sector.

KTVU spoke with Courtney Brown from San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center to ask her more about the CDC study. "In places where exposure to guns is higher, more people die of suicide". "A lot of them say it's glorified and not accurate at all", Brown said.

And the increase in suicides in MA has been blamed on the travails of middle-aged men, who account for the largest number of suicide deaths.

At least one mother has blamed the series for her own daughter's suicide attempt. Follow up to see how they're doing.

Everyone can help by learning the warning signs for suicide and how to respond. "I'm not worth living", Brown said. "If someone mentions those sorts of things, dig a little bit deeper. They might actually bring up specifically that they're thinking of suicide". You can explain what the person is going through and see what the counselor suggests to intervene, since they are an expert on suicide.

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