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At a fashion show, Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade remembered

10 June 2018

"Middle-aged adults had the largest number of suicides, and a particularly high increase in rates", CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat told reporters on a conference call Thursday, calling the new data "disturbing".

His death comes just days after iconic fashion designer Kate Spade took her own life.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older lost their lives to suicide.

"Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor", the CDC reports.

The answer may be that half of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Rural states, she explained, are still recovering from economic downturns and residents tend to be more isolated, without access to proper care. "If we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need". People ages 10-24 had the lowest rate.

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"If they say something like 'I feel like my life is really empty, ' say 'we need to get help, '" Lieberman said.

Suicide has been in the spotlight of late, and a report issued yesterday by the CDC highlights what a significant health threat it poses.

According to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, there are no general revenue funds appropriated by the state for suicide prevention.

It's a myth that talking about suicide might plant the idea in a person's mind, and experts say it's fine to ask someone a question like, "Are you having thoughts of suicide?" The Berks County Suicide Prevention Task Force also has resources available to people who may not be able to afford extended counseling.

Minnesota was one of the states with the biggest suicide-rate increases.

Bourdain and Spade died at 61 and 55, respectively - an age cohort with strikingly high suicide rates in the US, according to the CDC.

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From 2007 to 2017, the number of suicides in Cuyahoga County has gradually increased, with some years being much worse than others, according to Hugh Shannon at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

"We think a key message is, there's not just one group; many are at risk", Schuchat said.

It's now sparking the important discussion about mental health.

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".

If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach out to a local crisis center. The direct line to her crisis center is 516-679-1111. You can also text them 24/7 at

Idaho's suicide prevention advocates are gearing up for the 4th Annual Western States Conference on Suicide. The only state to experience a decrease in suicides was Nevada, which saw its rate fall by one percent.

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At a fashion show, Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade remembered