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

Posted June 13, 2018

On Friday, the nonprofit Mental Health America released a written statement from Paul Gionfriddo, its president and CEO, in response to the high-profile deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.

Almost 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016, according to that report.

"More than half of individuals who die by suicide in that time period had no known mental illness".

"Suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said. "Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating", says Stone. DE saw the smallest increase at 5.9%, while North Dakota saw a 57.6% increase over the same period.

The nationwide suicide rate rose 30 percent during that time frame. Dan Reidenberg, the executive director of the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, said that inquiries to crisis lifelines have increased 25-30% in the wake of the two celebrity deaths.

FSU's Department of Psychology has established itself as one of the preeminent suicide-research programs in the country.

According to the CDC it is important to reduce the access to the lethal means.

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"When you do a psychological autopsy and go and look carefully at medical records and talk to family members of the victims", he said, "90 percent will have evidence of a mental health condition". "That's equalizing not because men are [taking their lives] less, but women are doing it more".

Little says you need to be willing to be able to ask the hard and uncomfortable questions to make sure the people you love are okay. From 27 states they also collected the cause surrounding the suicides in 2015.

Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year.

South Florida resident Felicia Monroe knows first hand what it's like to lose someone to suicide. "And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives".

"With all of us working together and by collectively making a massive investment in suicide prevention research, resources and quality mental health care we can and we will reverse the rising suicide rate".

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