Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's deaths are part of a growing problem in the US

Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's deaths are part of a growing problem in the US

The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the US, with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999.

Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes that are on the rise. As a whole, the nation saw 15 people dying by suicide for every 100,000 in 2016. She added that intentionality is hard to determine in cases in which a person dies by overdose.

Dr. Deborah Stone, the CDC's lead researcher, told the BBC that while there is no single factor that leads to suicide, relationship issues and financial troubles tend to be top contributory factors. The researchers then analyzed that data, taking a close look at suicide rates before and after his death.

These data, derived from the National Violent Death Reporting System, showed that 54% of those who committed suicide in 2015 did not have a known mental health condition.

In North Dakota, the rate jumped more than 57 percent.

"We don't have all the answers. Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we've need to talk about firearms explicitly", he says. High rates of suicide among veterans and middle-aged women have also been reported.

"The numbers in Kansas of course are increasing at a quick rate", says Sue Murnane.

Veterans are also "overrepresented" in the report, she said.

Folks at the Crisis Center in Birmingham say whenever a public figure takes their life it can certainly cause others who may have been considering it to think about it even more. Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said that suicides can be "contagious"-hearing about one may make others who are already at risk turn to self-harm".

In Connecticut, 100 adults between age 50 to 59 died by suicide past year, almost twice the reported number in 2007. Since 1999, the suicide rates in Nevada have actually dropped by 1 percent.

"Suicide affects us all", Cerel said in the release. "That sort of gives one pause that we need to focus on that age range". The study results appeared in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "Especially in our rural areas, it's of great concern".

The program will be funded through a $3.5 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant.

Like this: