Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Anthony Bourdain's death impacts local community

Anthony Bourdain's death impacts local community

The rate of suicide deaths in the United States increased by 25 percent over the past two decades, and 30 states have seen their suicide rates climb by almost 30 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "I honestly don't know that there's anything that's been passed down to us that would be affecting (suicide rates) one way or the other", Brennan said, adding that the Board of Health does not have any mental health specialists.

Suicide rates climbed more than 30 percent in half the states, and 54 percent of the people who died by suicide didn't have a known mental-health condition, the report found.

The rates of suicide for all states and the District of Columbia were calculated using data from the National Vital Statistics System. Only Nevada did not record a rise.

Perhaps even more startling, in more than half of those suicide deaths, the people had no known mental health condition.

The Centers for Disease Control released the latest suicide rates across the United States. Guns were the most common method of suicide, the study found.

The CDC report comes at a time of heightened attention to the issue with the suicide this week of designer Kate Spade.

For online chat, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a confidential chat window, with counselors available 24/7.

Suicide prevention strategiesThe report calls on state and local communities, health care providers, and individuals to take steps to prevent suicide.

Sikora, who lost her sister to suicide in 2001, is the western Pennsylvania director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Bourdain's death was also confirmed to be a suicide after his friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room in France.

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Michael Staley, suicide prevention research coordinator at the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and a sociologist, told HuffPost this gender gap can be a major clue as to why suicide rates are so high in Utah and its neighboring states in Middle America.

Prevention efforts, often focused on mental health, could be broadened to focus on people undergoing life stresses like job losses or divorces, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a media briefing.

Then ask if there is a problem or if there's anything they want to talk about. "In places where exposure to guns is higher, more people die of suicide".

Schuchat said the data analyzed revealed a number of factors leading up to death by suicide, including economic woes, relationship issues, substance misuse, physical health problems and others.

Be there with them and listen.

"We have to keep working on stigma", Zietlow-DeJesus said.

"Cheer up, people care about you" or "do something nice for yourself" or "go for a run, you'll feel better" doesn't help, because depression tells you that people don't really care about you, that you don't deserve anything nice, and that nothing will make you feel better.

If you're anxious someone you know may be at risk of suicide, you should talk to them about it, says the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention.

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