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The 'trend' that is troubling the US

11 June 2018
The 'trend' that is troubling the US

Anthony Boudain and Kate Spade, two well-known celebrities lost by suicide within one week. Since 1999, suicide rates have soared 25 percent in the United States.

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or thinking about suicide, talk to someone who can help, such as a trusted loved one, your doctor, your licensed mental health professional if you already have one, or go to the nearest hospital emergency department. "There may be several, but we knew that economic factors can increase the risk of suicide and that limited access to care, behavioral and social services may also increase the risk of suicide", Schuchat said.

"That can be a silver lining to a tragedy happening", he said.

Referencing the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says the time is now to increase otherwise stagnant federal funding of suicide prevention.

Among the report's findings was that almost half of people who took their own lives used a gun.

The GLS Suicide Prevention Resource Center - which works with colleges and states to design suicide-prevention programs around the country - has remained flat at $5.9 million in funding since 2013, Schumer added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports almost 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016.

In 2016, the final year of the study, almost 45,000 people died of suicide.

There were about 10 suicides per 100,000 people ages 10 and older in Maryland from 1999-2016, the CDC reported. There have been 15 so far this year.

Perhaps more worryingly, a total of 54 percent of people who died by suicide have not been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

"If you feel like life is not worth living, reach out for help".

Someone with concerns about a child, parent or sibling needs to bring those concerns out in the open, "not in a critical or accusatory way (but) in a very wanting-to-understand way", Ciaravino said.

"If the first person you talk to laughs at you or says, 'Oh just get out of it, you just got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning, ' find another person because that's not the only person", said Keltz.

"I struggled a lot", Hannah Piercy said. Her husband said in a statement on Wednesday that she had suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.