Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
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Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

In fact, the government reported that 54 percent of the people who died of suicide in 2016 were not known to have a previous mental health issue. On Tuesday fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment.

In 2016 alone, there were nearly 45,000 deaths from suicide.

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association executive director Lynn Keltz says, mental health should be treated the same way as physical health.

The topic of suicide is being discussed all across the country now, something that's more prevalent following the sudden deaths of celebrities like Kate Space and Anthony Bourdain.

"A lot of people, they feel like they know themselves well, or they feel like their loved ones know them very well, but sometimes there are things that are underlying that need to be straightened out", Dr. Anthony Quinn said.

The national rate increased as well, jumping 25 percent over the same time frame. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide rates have risen dramatically across most of the country in the past three decades.

In Hawaii, rates went up about 18-percent from 1999 to 2016.


The report found that firearms were the most common method of suicide for both those with and without mental illnesses.

The CDC report found that suicide rates among women have risen at an even higher rate than the overall suicide rate, with significant increases in the suicide rate among women in 43 states.

"For many of us who have been close to someone or lost someone we know that suicide happens and that we know it's a real risk out there".

"When you ask everybody and not just people you might suspect, you double the number you detect", he said. We reached out to experts about where those who are struggling can turn to for help.

"Life is worth living and the pain that comes from losing somebody prematurely can be unbearable", he said. Suicide rates were higher among males in Maryland, ranging from about 17 to 18 per 100,000 males. The stigma attached to mental health services often prevents people from seeking help. Outside of the US, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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