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

More than half did not have a known mental health diagnosis. The increase varied widely by state, from a low of 6 percent in DE to more than 57 percent in North Dakota.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today says Montana's rate is more than twice the national average.

Suicide rates rose in every state in the nation besides Nevada.

DE had one of the smallest increases.

The recent news cycle, which has seen two celebrities in the past week die of reported suicides, is leading associations to speak up and offer resources to the public on a challenging, often difficult-to-process issue. That age group also had the highest rate. Stone says, "it's not just about firearms, it's also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like..."

The number of persons taking their own lives across the United States (US) has increased by 25 per cent over the last 17 years. It is hitting many places especially hard.

"They can walk in and meet with a master's level clinician who can sit down with them and find out what is going on and try to get them help for that right now", says Karen Stafford.

"Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors".

The biggest increase in suicides was in North Dakota, where the rate jumped more than 57 percent.

"CDC data shows that suicide happens to everybody", he said. "We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention". While suicide is more common in men than women, there has been a rise in female suicides. "That is very, very troublesome". In the 27 states that use the National Violent Death Reporting System, 54 percent of suicides were by individuals without a known mental illness. The same is true for those with mental health conditions, but at a much lower percentage of 69 percent and 41 percent respectively.

Cultural attitudes may play a part.

Teresa Kimbro Culbreath said people have to know warning signs ahead of time.

Suicide prevention largely focuses on addressing mental health treatment, the CDC found, suggesting that a wider variety of preventive measures could be taken. "Anyone contemplating suicide should know that help is available, and that there is no shame in seeking care for your mental health".

"It's just one of those things you can't hardly believe", said Culbreath. Because anybody can experience those stresses.

States along the Northeast Corridor, including DE, tended to have among the lowest rates of suicide. We are working diligently to prevent suicide.

Read the story from The Washington Post here.

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