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Lydia Fleming
June 11, 2018

Suicide rates rose in almost every USA state from 1999 to 2016, with the rate spiking by more than 30 percent in half of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday.

Julia Payson, Executive Director of the Vernon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association says it's example the illness doesn't discriminate. In 2017 the medical examiner's office hired Michael Staley, a suicide prevention research coordinator, to find out why Utah has such high rates of suicide.

The topic of suicide is being discussed all across the country now, something that's more prevalent following the sudden deaths of celebrities like Kate Space and Anthony Bourdain.

World Health Organization says it is common for individuals with severe depression to think about suicide.

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Suicide is now the 10th most common cause of death in the U.S. It is one of just three leading causes, along with Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses, that are on the rise.

Keltz believes talking about mental health and suicide will help erase the stigma associated with it. "And that's why it's so important to reach out to people all the time on a daily basis". The radio announcer, she said, encouraged listeners to look for warning signs in friends, neighbors, co-workers.

Adults aged 45 to 64 had the largest increase, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report.

"I have lived with anxiety and sporadic bouts of depression for most of my adult life", Munn wrote alongside a post listing worldwide suicide hotlines.

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"Chemical imbalance in our brain has nothing to do with how famous we are", said Shatter Our Silence founder Kevin Polky. "But, the hardest thing about suicide prevention, whether you live in Scranton or wherever, is getting people to ask for help". "People are going to get help", Reidenberg said.

Jafary told us suicide is preventable, people just need to be willing to seek help, and if the individual doesn't want to, others need to step in. It's important to do not forget to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themselves.

For a suicide prevention number within the United States call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. All calls are confidential.

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