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

Guns drugs & poverty drive US suicide epidemic – report

Suicide rates were four times greater in the highest state compared with the lowest when calculated on an annual basis during the most recent time period, 2014 to 2016.

Among the stark numbers in the CDC report was the one signaling a high number of suicides among people without a known mental health condition.

Extensive suicide prevention efforts have kept rates of suicide deaths relatively low in CT, but the numbers have still increased steadily since 1999, particularly among middle-aged people, state and federal statistics show.

Majority of those who died without known mental health conditions are male (84 percent) and by firearm (51 percent).

"These findings are disturbing".

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.

Some factors that contribute to suicide are relationship problems, physical health problems, loss of housing, and a crisis from the past.

North Dakota had the highest increase, at almost 58 percent over the studied time period. According to the report, 24 other states saw increases of more than 30 percent from 1999 to 2016. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. It's up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what's reported.

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-Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal means for those at risk.

"When you do a psychological autopsy and go and look carefully at medical records and talk to family members of the victims", he said, "90 percent will have evidence of a mental health condition".

To learn more, visit the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Overall, the most common method used was firearms. Asking if they've had suicidal thoughts is not harmful and lets them know you care, she said. She's urging the media to be careful with what they say.

Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for nearly half of the people who died. "That sort of gives one pause that we need to focus on that age range". She believes this group may have been hardest-hit by the economic downturn, but she added that unknown factors probably contributed.

According to Bill Walker, director of Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, someone dies from suicide every 16 minutes.

"There have been previous reports recently that have shown suicide is one of the major contributors to a decrease in life expectancy in this country, which makes it even more alarming", he said.

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