The 'trend' that is troubling the US

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The rate of suicide deaths in the United States increased by 25 percent over the past two decades, and 30 states have seen their suicide rates climb by almost 30 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dorothy Paugh was 9 years old when her father took his life.

The shocking deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain this week highlights the importance of recognizing the potential warning signs when someone intends to end their life.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.

The CDC said suicides were rarely caused by any single issue.

Access to guns can make it more likely that an impulsive or intoxicated person will attempt suicide even if he or she has no clear mental-health problem, Brent added. "But these issues were [found] in all, with or without a mental health condition".

In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate has jumped more than 34 percent.

If you believe a loved one is considering suicide, do not leave him or her alone and try to get the person to seek help from a doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department or dial 911.




Suicide and mental health shouldn't be taboo subjects to talk about. For those without known mental health conditions, 55 percent used firearms. According to the USA Today, the deaths of Spade and Bourdain have led to a rise in the number of calls made to suicide prevention hotlines. The rate fell in just one state, Nevada, where it has historically been higher than average. In half of all states, suicide rates increased by 30% or more. In the wake of these tragedies, three experts tell HL EXCLUSIVELY why celebrities commit suicide.

Suicide rates varied from 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana. Keep firearms and drugs out of the hands of those at risk are common sense, unless you don't know half of suicides were at risk.

Dr. Sandro Galea, dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, said the National Vital Statistics System is the "best system we have of keeping records in the country".

Say things like "I noticed you've been looking down, or I've noticed you've said things that seem like you're really not as motivated towards life", he said.

If this story has raised concerns or you need to talk to someone, here's a list where you may be able to find a crisis hotline in your country.

If you need help, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, any time, day or night at 1-800-273-TALK.

Smalley, who was not involved in the new research, pointed out that about 85 percent of federally designated mental health professional shortage areas are rural.

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