Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

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

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

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

From 1999-2016 it shows the suicide rate rose 30% in half of the states.

This week's report found that many suicides were in people with no known mental illness.

"These findings are disturbing".


"The most common method was firearm, followed by hanging or suffocation, followed by poisoning", Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, reveals.

Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.

Higher rates of substance abuse and drug addiction are also associated with higher suicide rates, Duarte said. North Dakota, they noted has seen a 57.6 percent increase in suicide rates since 1999 and Nevada was the only state with no increase in suicide rates. The information on contributing factors reflect what family and friends told coroners and police in a subgroup of states participating in the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System. It's up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what's reported. "We have to ask people who are at risk if they have a firearm, and while they're in recovery or treatment, recommend safe storage of that firearm", he said.

Media interested in learning more about suicide, warning signs and prevention can visit our website at www.afsp.org. "People are going to get help", Reidenberg said. Vermont, New Hampshire and ME, all in New England, had among the highest rates of increase in suicides.


She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. "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". Publicity surrounding a suicide has been repeatedly and definitively linked to a subsequent increase in suicide, especially among young people.

Folks at the Crisis Center in Birmingham say whenever a public figure takes their life it can certainly cause others who may have been considering it to think about it even more.

Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year.

The Center for Suicide Awareness Hopeline's text number is 741741. She said celebrity suicides also typically prompt an increase in calls to suicide help lines.


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