At a fashion show, Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade remembered

US suicide rate on rise: health agency

Since 1999, the suicide rates in Nevada have actually dropped by 1 percent. A USA report released in June 2018 found an uptick in suicide rates in almost every state since 1999.

In half of all USA states, the increases topped 30 percent.

Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Such is the case in the recent suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and CNN storyteller Anthony Bourdain.

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Bourdain, 61, and Spade, 55, died three days and a continent apart this week amid a new US report showing an uptick in suicides rates in almost every state since 1999.

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

"I think remaining steady is something to be recognized, but we can't celebrate that", said Allen. "To remain steady, we and our communities are working very hard for prevention".

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided about $35 million in 2017 to fund research into "suicide prevention", with another $68 million devoted to the category of "suicide", according to the agency's statistics. The state of North Dakota had the highest increase.

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.

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In 2016 there were almost 45,000 suicides.

"Talk to a professional, such as a doctor, mental health professional, counselor, or social worker", the WHO said.

The state's senior rate of suicide is still almost double that of the rest of the United States according to a 2018 report by the United Health Foundation.

We encourage everyone to get educated about the signs to look for that indicate someone may be in emotional distress.

Experts say this shows that mental health issues can affect anyone.

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If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts or would like to speak to someone, you can call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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