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Celebrity suicides highlight troubling trend in midlife

More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use and financial crises. Ms. Spade and Mr. Bourdain are now among the approximately 45,000 suicides each year in the United States.

Suicide rates across the country have risen 30 percent over the last two decades, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

NY has the second lowest suicide rates in the country.

Virginia reports a 29 percent increase in children taking their own lives.

The biggest increase in suicides was in North Dakota, where the rate jumped more than 57 percent.

In a 2016 report, the CDC found that USA suicide rates jumped 24 percent from 1999 to 2014.

According to #BeThe1To, a public health campaign by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, warning signs for suicide can include talking about feeling hopeless, trapped or like a burden to others; talking about wanting to die; increasing drug and alcohol use; acting anxiously or behaving recklessly; withdrawing from people; and experiencing extreme mood swings.

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"These findings are disturbing", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, during a media call. Even New Jersey, with a relatively low rate of 9.2 per 100,000, still saw an increase.

The research also makes clear that in more than half of those deaths, the individuals were not diagnosed with a mental health condition. Guns were the most common method of suicide, the study found.

This morning, it was determined that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's death was a suicide, but a few days ago he posted a video of himself having fun. In the four months after Robin William's took his own life in 2014, there was a 10% increase - nearly 2,000 additional suicides - recorded.

In 2016, almost 45,000 people lost their lives to suicide, making it one of the leading causes of death on the rise in the U.S.

"In general your loved one, you know them way better than other people would and you would know if something was a little bit different", said Zallar.

Developed in Switzerland, the programme is based on the belief that it is more helpful to view suicide as an action taken in order to reach a goal, rather than simply a symptom of mental illness.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, self-harm, or is anxious, depressed, upset or needs to talk, call the 27/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line at 741-741.

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