Deaths of famous by their own hands highlight troubling trend

11 June, 2018, 03:15 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • Suicide rates increased in South Carolina since 1999

But the according to the report, more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

This week saw the sudden deaths of Bourdain and designer Kate Spade.

In 2016 alone, there were nearly 45,000 deaths from suicide.

"Our data suggests that suicide is more than a mental health issue", she said.

The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on Friday, and of fashion designer Kate Spade on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the USA and the world.

MA legislators passed a "red flag" gun bill on Thursday, a law that state Senate President Harriette Chandler said would help reduce the risk of suicide in the state.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death nationally and one of just three leading causes that's going up. The suicide rate in Nevada has remained steady, according to a new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

The CDC reports suicide rates have increased by 25% over the last two decades - making it the 10th leading cause of death in the country.

Relationship problems are the most common trigger, but the CDC says multiple circumstances also contribute, from life crises to substance abuse and health and financial problems.


Six years earlier in 2001, Tom O'Clair's 12-year-old son, Timothy, took his own life. So, we would have to watch, especially with people on the Big Island who have lost their homes.

"Life is worth living and the pain that comes from losing somebody prematurely can be unbearable", he said.

Overall, the rate rose to 15.4 per 100,000 in 2014-2016 from 12.3 per 100,000 in 1999-2001.

"Those are the factors that we look at that makes someone vulnerable", said Polky.

"A celebrity's suicide can create a contagion that we want to be aware of and those individuals who are a risk, who might be connected to that celebrity, we want to reach out to them", Egan said.

Rather than speculating "why they did it", the public should focus on "how to prevent it", especially in the wake of celebrity suicides, Geddef said.

Laura Marx of the Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention says solving the problem starts with knowing the warning signs.

Here in CT, the suicide rate is the highest it's been in almost 30 years.

If you or someone you know needs help the Hamilton Center has staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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