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CDC: Suicide Rates Rising Across US

Suicide rates up more than 30 percent in half of U.S. states, CDC says

The new CDC report states half of the country has seen a more than 30 percent increase in suicide rates since 1999. It's a hidden problem for many people.

The celebratory mood at the Moschino's fashion show tinged with sadness over recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

In 2016, almost 45,000 Americans aged 10 and older died by suicide.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase. The latest US data suggests in 54 per cent of completed suicides, there were no known mental health conditions. He added that the alliance is working with more than 250 hospitals to make sure that those treated after a suicide attempt are also connected to long-term mental health care. But that doesn't mean it is not a mental health issue, as CDC suggest by saying that is just one factor, that may mean it is a diagnosis issue.

That same report shows suicides in Arizona are up 17 percent over the same time period.

Montana experienced about 29 suicides for every 100,000 people - the highest in the nation - compared with about seven people out of every 100,000 in the District of Columbia - the lowest.

"We want people to know they can talk to us and we can help them find healthy alternatives", he said.

"Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide", the CDC report notes.

"Many people who die by suicide do not have standard markers of suicidal behavior", said Mark Kaplan, professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. For those without known mental health conditions, 55 percent used firearms.

Experts say confronting the issues needs to be a priority.

Dr Christine Moutier, a psychiatrist and chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said it was important everyone knew the warning signs and to intervene when someone appeared troubled. The World Health Organization estimates a global suicide rate of one death every 40 seconds, which by 2020 they predict will increase to one every 20 seconds.

"People should know that suicide is preventable". However, Nevada had the ninth-highest suicide rate in the country.

But suicide rates are increasing for middle-aged men and women, like Bourdain and Spade. I feel like we're living in a time where people are experiencing some pretty intense psychological pain, and there's nowhere for them to put that. But Colorado is taking steps to remind its residents that they are not alone in their battles: The state is pairing people in mental health crisis with survivors.

"Someone doesn't say, 'Wow, they had everything".

"Because of this Behavioral Health Task Force, looking at the greater good of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties, we are able to focus in and pull resources to understand what one agency is doing versus the other agency", he said.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available at 1-800-237-8255.

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