Anthony Bourdain's death impacts local community

CDC report reveals more than 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

A timely report was released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Thursday showing that the rate of suicides has increased by 30% since 1999.

Reporting should also not avoid focusing on community expressions of grief and instead highlight suicide warning signs and prevention resources.

The recent deaths of internationally renowned chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have renewed public focus on suicide. And if someone is at immediate risk of harming him or herself, Kaslow says, it's best to seek care from an emergency department or primary care doctor.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have concerns about someone who may be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Kansas suicide rate is growing much faster than the national average.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older lost their lives to suicide.

States in the midwest saw the most dramatic spikes, and North Dakota had the highest increase in such deaths, with a 57.6 percent jump.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Schuchat said. The gun shops have been receptive, she said.

Suicide rates varied from 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana. "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.

Solutions for curbing the suicide rate include states and communities identifying and supporting those at risk, teaching coping and problem solving skills, promoting safe and supportive environments, and offering more activities to bring people together. In another way, their suicides contribute to a body of statistics indicating suicide has become increasingly and disturbingly common among all Americans.

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 U.S. military.

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Bourdain took his own life, CNN said Friday. Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase, rising to 19.2 per 100,000 in 2016 from 13.2 per 100,000 in 1999. The rates declined slightly among black men and people older than 75 during that time. That ranked 16 highest in the country, trailing most of the Rocky Mountain west, where rates are highest.

Nationwide, the suicide rate rose to 15.4 per 100,000 in 2014-2016, up from 12.3 in 1999-2001.

The past three decades have presented a morbid puzzle.

Increasingly, suicide is being viewed not only as a mental health problem but a public health one.

The reasons are many, experts said. Crisis hotlines can save lives; so can psychiatric treatment.

Suicide is rarely caused by a single factor.

Amie Stamper, a professional counselor at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, says signs can be hard to see but if you look closely, you can find some telling signs. Still, the researchers found a 10 percent higher risk of suicide among people who had served in the military.

"The paper makes a clear case, correctly, about the fact that there is no one cause for suicide", he said, adding that "availability of means" makes death possible. He'd also talked about his struggles with mental health and a history of drug use.

A San Antonio woman who survived a suicide attempt is now working daily to break that stigma and bring necessary resources to South Texas.

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