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14 June 2018

It's a fact unfortunately proven not only by the deaths of the highly successful Spade, who was 55, and Bourdain, who was 61, but also by the jarring statistics of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released on Friday: that suicide rates are up 25 percent nationally, that they rose steadily in almost every state between 1999 and 2016, and that, in 2016, there were more than twice as many suicides as homicides.

CDC says the rise in suicide is not just a mental health issue and that attention must be payed to circumstances that precede mental health conditions, such as financial or relationship problems. Following the 1774 publication of Wolfgang Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" - a book in which a young man ends his life after a failed love affair - Europe also saw a spike in suicides, particularly in men the same age as the protagonist.

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal says that in New Jersey 26 percent of people who die by suicide in a crisis situation told someone else first that it was their intention. What factors put someone at risk for suicide, and how can we reverse the trend?

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Suicide rates in the U.S. have increased by more than 25% since 1999.

"One risk factor for suicide is big life stressors, something we see most often in the middle of our lives", Jenys Allende, MD a psychiatrist in Philadelphia, said in an email interview.

Natrona County Suicide Task Force's Felicia Cummings added to the conversation, "we offer suicide prevention awareness trainings so that anybody in the community, all the way up to professionals and clinical, know how to handle suicides".

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Family members or friends concerned about someone who is struggling can ask directly about suicide and remove firearms or any other means the person is considering from the home, said Jennifer Stuber, director of Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The highest female suicide rate in 2016 was in women from ages 25 to 64.

In most cases, the mistakes made by news organizations were early in the coverage, committed by people inexperienced in such stories, she said.

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kizzzbeth/Flickr The reasons why suicide rates are climbing may be as complex as the solutions. The team is looking at social media posts using data from Clemson's Social Media Listening Center to examine the extent to which messages related to the show encourage people to engage in suicidal behaviors or promote help-seeking. As it is like you said we're number one in the nation for statistic wise. Subsequently, "escort" him or her to a superior officer, mental health specialist, or religious figure. From there, suicide became more common. "Especially when you've got high-profile people who are successful and who the world views as having a lot going for them and they die by suicide, it can generate feelings of hopelessness". You can also talk to someone online by following this link.

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone