Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

"And, unfortunately, our data show that the problem is getting worse", Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director at CDC, said at a press briefing, reports Medscape.

A total of 25 states show an increase of 30 percent of suicide deaths, according to a comprehensive study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A day after the report was published, celebrity chef and writer Anthony Bourdain also died by an apparent suicide.

Mental health problems, often undiagnosed, are usually involved and experts say knowing warning signs and who is at risk can help stop a crisis from becoming a tragedy.

The report also looked at people who died by suicide in 27 states, and found that more than half (54%) did not have a known mental health condition, highlighting the complicated nature of suicide.

In just one week, two high profile celebrities were found dead after authorities said they committed suicide.

"It's that personal connection to another person that may make the difference".

For those living anywhere else the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide can provide contact details for suicide help.

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Reidenberg understands the complexities of suicides, pointing out there are nearly always multiple causes, including mental illnesses, substance abuse, a life change such as a job loss or a break up. "Being there for your friends and colleagues and family when they're going through a hard time can be quite important", Schuchat says.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.

"Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years", Andy said. A US report released in June 2018 found an uptick in suicide rates in almost every state since 1999. Percentage increases over this time ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota. You can call the national suicide hotline that is open 24/7.

There's also no single cause for suicide.

Misty Vaughan Allen, a suicide-prevention coordinator at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), told Newsweek that the department's work with the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention has helped lower the rate of suicide in the state.

Although suicide is often attributed exclusively to mental health conditions, it is rarely caused by a single factor, the researchers said.

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