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As the country mourns the suicide deaths of iconic public figures Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week, a new study by the Center for Disease Control reveals that in both MA and the country, the number of suicide deaths has risen substantially over the last two decades. Percentage increases over this time ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death and is one of just three leading causes that are increasing, along with unintentional injuries and Alzheimer's disease.

Because it relies on Congress for funding, the CDC may have good reason not to emphasize the unique role of firearms in US suicide rates.

CDC researchers can't point to any one cause for this continued increase in suicide rates on a national level. "People are often anxious that if you ask someone [about suicide] you increase their likelihood of dying by suicide".

They might have increased anxiety, feel trapped, have extreme mood swings or become angrier. Only Nevada did not record a rise.

The Centers for Disease Control released the latest suicide rates across the United States.

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Close to 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016, more than double the amount who died from homicide.

The reason for this is relatively simple: Unlike other common methods of suicide, firing a gun is an immediate, irreversible, and reliably lethal act.

Suicide rates are higher in rural areas, with the gap between rates in urban and rural areas widening, with 2007 seeing the gap begin to widen more quickly, the CDC reports. After those states passed "red-flag" gun laws, which enable police to seize firearms from people who are a risk to themselves or others, firearm suicide rates fell significantly, a recent study found.

Gordon said doctors need to ask patients at every opportunity about their mental health and evaluate their risk for suicide.

Suicide prevention strategiesThe report calls on state and local communities, health care providers, and individuals to take steps to prevent suicide.

Physical health problems were present in about a fifth of suicide victims, the CDC found.

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His suicide death has people sharing their memories from that night.

Mental health experts with the CDC say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor.

(Undated) - Indiana's suicide rate is up sharply from 1999, but the state is not alone. For support outside of the USA, a worldwide directory of resources and global hotlines is provided by the global Association for Suicide Prevention. Habitual users of opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people who did not use them. That indicates a large portion weren't diagnosed, "which suggests to me that they're not getting the help they need", he said.

She added, however, that existing data may be under-representing the true extent of mental illness in the US.

The National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK or text "TALK" to 741741.

"Cheer up, people care about you" or "do something nice for yourself" or "go for a run, you'll feel better" doesn't help, because depression tells you that people don't really care about you, that you don't deserve anything nice, and that nothing will make you feel better.

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