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US suicide rate on rise: health agency

A Harvard study found gun availability is a risk factor when it comes to youth suicide.

Suicide rates rose in every state in the nation besides Nevada.

"One of the big myths about suicide is that talking about it is going to put the idea in someone's head", said Jessica Jones, program promotion coordinator for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

Fans of the chef and journalist are responding to the news with reminders about mental health and mental illness.

One day after the Center for Disease Control declared that suicide was a national problem, another celebrity has died after an apparent suicide.

"If you think about if you've ever broken something or had a awful migraine or gone through labor, you want those pains to stop but you know they're going to stop", she said.

Despite an increased awareness and more help available than ever before, there is still a stigma attached to reaching out for help.

Nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older died by suicide alone in 2016.

A new U.S. report shows the nation's suicides had risen by 30 per cent since 1999, and that the crisis was a growing problem.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in Minnesota increased across age, sex and racial groups.

Suicide is now the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition. "They have a stereotype in their mind of the person who takes their life and why".

As admirers of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade ask why following a hard week, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that suicide rates in 49 out of 50 states are on the rise.

"It's that personal connection to another person that may make the difference". While the suicide rate increased in women, it's still 3 to 5 times higher in men.

Although mental health is often perceived as the cause of suicide, the CDC stressed that suicide has many intersecting factors.

Firearms were the leading method, accounting for about half of suicides.

Enos said these are people who don't want to die.

If you or anyone you know may be thinking about suicide or is struggling with a crisis of any kind please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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