Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

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 highest suicide rate increase was in North Dakota, at 57.6 percent, while the lowest was in DE, at 5.9 percent.

In that time period, Tennessee's suicide rate rose 24.2 percent.

DE had one of the smallest increases.

The study revealed almost 45,000 people died of suicide in 2016. But in some states, the increases are staggering. It is hitting many places especially hard.

Suicide rates climbed 25.4 percent nationwide from 1999 to 2016, according to a report released June 7 by the CDC. "At what point is it a crisis?" asked Nadine Kaslow, a past president of the American Psychological Association. "But homicides still get more attention".

The Center for Suicide Awareness Hopeline's text number is 741741. While both deaths leave permanent holes in USA - and global - culture, they are an opportunity for a much-needed discussion on suicide prevention.

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".

"Historically, men had higher death rates than women", she noted.

Ribeiro and Franklin's team has already developed powerful machine learning algorithms for electronic health records that can predict with 80-90 percent accuracy whether someone will attempt suicide as much as two years into the future. "That is very, very troublesome".

CDC researchers emphasized in their report that more than half of those suicides were committed by people who had not been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

"To be honest I didn't even know what suicide was when I was in middle school", said Monroe. But the researchers say about half of those who killed themselves were not known to have a mental health condition.

Cultural attitudes may play a part.

"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said.

"We really have to focus on what's going on in people's lives that's driving so many to such desperate acts", said Woolf, who chronicled what has become known as America's "epidemic of despair" - rising death rates due to drug overdoses, suicide and diseases related to substance abuse - in a recent essay in the journal BMJ. 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. Because anybody can experience those stresses. Montana saw 29 suicides for every 100,000 people while District of Columbia saw sever for every 100,000. "There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide".

Read the story from The Washington Post here.

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