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

Spencer Underwood
June 13, 2018

CDC researchers emphasized in their report that more than half of those suicides were committed by people who had not been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in these states, along with Vermont, New Hampshire and SC, rose 38 percent to 58 percent. "Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind so many loved ones with the question of, 'Why?' We need significant funding for research to help answer this question".

"These findings are disturbing", Schuchat says.

Risk of suicide increases when media stories use more dramatic or graphic headlines or images, repeatedly report on the same suicide, explicitly describe the suicide method, and dramatize the death through romanticized headlines or by showing the site of the suicide and pictures of those who are grieving, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says. "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.

In a 2016 report, the CDC found that US suicide rates jumped 24 percent from 1999 to 2014.

More than half of US states saw their rates increase by 30 percent or more.


Leblanc says the state, and country, need to beef up their suicide detection efforts, increase the amount of mental health education, and expand mental health services, but that's tough to do under a budget crunch.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a free, 24-hour service that can provide support, information and resources to suicidal persons or those around them.

Jeffrey Bridge is director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention".

The increases have been greatest in people ages 45 to 64. A new study shows that suicide rates have increased in almost every state. She said celebrity suicides also typically prompt an increase in calls to suicide help lines. The alliance is working with more than 250 hospitals to ensure that someone brought in after a suicide attempt is connected to long-term mental-health care, Dr. Reed said.

More than half of the suicides in the CDC study happened without warning.

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