Anthony Bourdain's death impacts local community

Brenda Watkins
June 10, 2018

The CDC recommended a broad approach to suicide prevention, including boosting economic support by states, supporting family and friends after a suicide, and identifying and supporting people at risk for suicide.

The suicide rate in Nevada has remained steady, according to a new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

Significant jumps in female suicides were seen in 43 states and in male suicides, in 34 states.

The CDC found that between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates rose by 25.4 percent nationally.

Formed in 2016, the group has made multiple efforts to slow suicide rates, but the work never ends. And in Kentucky, they increased by 37 percent. The suicide growth rate in Florida went up 10.6 percent - among the smallest increases in the nation.

Close to 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016, more than double the amount who died from homicide. Other problems often contribute to suicide risk, such as relationship problems, substance use, or financial or job stress.

Calls for better suicide-prevention efforts are mounting, after a federal study identified a sharp rise in suicide rates in the U.S. over the past two decades.

Rates of increase varied.

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"It's important that we think about this in more broad terms than just as a mental health condition", Schuchat says. Guns were the most common method of suicide, the study found.

The back to back deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are part of a disturbing trend.

Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country. The state's senior rate of suicide is still almost double that of the rest of the United States according to a 2018 report by the United Health Foundation.

Both mental and physical health can play an important role, said Jennifer Siozos, chief transformation officer with health-care provider Terros Health.

"Dying by suicide isn't a normal response to life's adversities", said Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE).

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.

- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

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