Days after fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her NY home, Anthony Bourdain died in his apartment in France. In another way, their suicides contribute to a body of statistics indicating suicide has become increasingly and disturbingly common among all Americans.
With suicide having a known "contagion effect", the incidence of two celebrity suicides in one week raises the question of whether that could have been at play here: Did news coverage of the fashion designer's death have any influence on Bourdain's?
Almost 45,000 Americans over the age of 10 died by suicide in 2016 alone ― that's more than double the number of Americans who died by homicide in the same year.
There were 44,965 suicide deaths in 2016, according to CDC data.
The rate was the highest in Montana with an increase of 38 percent between 1999 and 2016.
Suicide rates are up 31 percent over the last 15 years, and many employees, underpaid and overworked, are stressed.
Stamper says listening is also key. The state also has a higher rate of suicide among young people.
Rural states, she explained, are still recovering from economic downturns.
But there are no rules for why or when celebrities end their lives, any more than for those who aren't famous. "We can't expect a major public health problem like this to be addressed unless we see the investment". "In terms of training mental health professionals, we're not doing a great job".
Christine Moutier, medical director at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, told the Washington Post that shows why suicide prevention needs to be approached as a matter of public health. The more firearm-saturated population experienced about twice as many suicide deaths overall. "So, when you put those things together, it can be hard to find help even when you want it", Trisha Kajimura, Mental Health America of Hawai'i Executive Director, said.
Although there is no single cause for suicide, information from coroners' reports suggests numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use, and financial crises, according to the CDC. She said it's a myth that to broach the topic of suicide will invite someone to do so or put the thought in their head.
"I have lived with anxiety and sporadic bouts of depression for most of my adult life", Munn wrote.
"It's not a simplistic 'they have mental issues, they killed themselves'". "But I think the truth is, you really make it less likely, because they know there's somebody who cares about them, and you can help them get help". "Some coroners go back and do a thorough investigation, some don't". By 2020, the World Health Organization estimates it will be one every 20 seconds.
Three main areas of research are attempting to unravel suicide contagion: How does a suicide affect the person's peers or family?
"We can't take for granted that everyone learns this by some magic formula", Dr Reed says.
That's why it's critically important, for those who know such a person, to be alert for signs of a turn toward suicide.
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