Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

The latest report, released Thursday, found that 45,000 people died by suicide in 2018.

The CDC's new report came just days after news that designer Kate Spade took her life in her NY apartment. While both deaths leave permanent holes in US - and global - culture, they are an opportunity for a much-needed discussion on suicide prevention.

In an era of cell phones and when suicide prevention is a Google search away, an expert says as connected as we are, we are probably more isolated than we've ever been.

The death of designer Kate Spade by suicide in NY this week shocked the fashion world.

"In general your loved one, you know them way better than other people would and you would know if something was a little bit different", said Zallar. Of the 25 states where the suicide rate increase by more than 30 percent, the most noticeable rises occurred in western states.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows the suicide rate grew 20 percent faster in Kansas than the national average.

In North Dakota, the suicide rate increased by nearly 58 percent from 1999 to 2016, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Laura Marx of the Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention says solving the problem starts with knowing the warning signs. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed".

Fans of the chef and journalist are responding to the news with reminders about mental health and mental illness.

On an individual level, it's also crucial to look out for the people in your life, Schuchat says. "There's people out there like us who want to help and this is never your only option".

Although suicide is often attributed exclusively to mental health conditions, it is rarely caused by a single factor, the researchers said.

"A lot of times this is something that's been building up with people", Marx said. 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.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). According to the USA Today, the deaths of Spade and Bourdain have led to a rise in the number of calls made to suicide prevention hotlines.

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