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

13 June, 2018, 06:17 | Author: Cecil Davis
  • CDC: US suicide rates have climbed dramatically

A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide is on the rise.

Among the stark numbers in the CDC report was the one signaling a high number of suicides among people without a known mental health condition.

Almost 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016 and according to the CDC two-thirds of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides, the BBC reports.

Perhaps most surprising, 54 percent of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

"These findings are disturbing".

Risk of suicide increases when media stories use more dramatic or graphic headlines or images, repeatedly report on the same suicide, explicitly describe the suicide method, and dramatize the death through romanticized headlines or by showing the site of the suicide and pictures of those who are grieving, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says.

Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide.

In all, 25 states saw increases in their suicide rates topping 30 percent. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.

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There is agreement on many researchers, however, that publicity around a suicide can increase the risk of other suicides.

And as evidenced by the deaths of Spade and Bourdain it's important to remember that sometimes people struggle with mental health challenges friends or family may not know about.

Experts have said that suicide has become a major public health problem and much more needs to be done to handle this. Stone says they didn't separate out guns because the increase in suicide rates is seen across the board.

The CDC study found, too, that suicide increased among all sexes, ages, races and ethnic groups.

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

For clinical trainings on best practices for suicide prevention contact the Center for Practice Innovations here.

"The CDC's analysis of suicide trends suggests no state is making acceptable progress toward reaching this objective, and for many states the burden of suicide is growing", Bridge said in a statement Thursday.

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