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

Is Suicide on the Rise

Is Suicide on the Rise

"The data supports what we know about that notion", Gordon said.

In 2016 alone, almost 45,000 Americans aged 10 and older died by suicide, the report showed.

Between 1999 and 2016, the suicide rate in West Virginia increased 37.1%.

The latest study report shows that suicide rates have gone up by over 30 percent in many countries.

"These clear steps can lower the national suicide rate", the statement said.

Overall, the rate rose to 15.4 per 100,000 in 2014-2016 from 12.3 per 100,000 in 1999-2001. Suffocation, including hanging, was the next most-common method, followed by poisoning.

He thinks the general public commonly pictures someone who had been getting treatment for a long period before killing themselves, like fashion designer Kate Spade, who died this week, but that's often not the case. She added that intentionality is hard to determine in cases in which a person dies by overdose.

"It's not just a mental health concern", says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study.

There is agreement on many researchers, however, that publicity around a suicide can increase the risk of other suicides.

"When you do a psychological autopsy and go and look carefully at medical records and talk to family members of the victims", he said, "90 percent will have evidence of a mental health condition".

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The report suggested states and communities do a better job at identifying those with mental illnesses, teach coping skills, offer activities that bring people together to connect, and reach out to those who have lost a loved one to suicide, which puts them at a higher risk of suicide.

Regions and demographic groups were also compared. He said the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention have set a goal to cut the nation's annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

"We don't have all the answers".

The rate of suicide deaths has been rising across the USA since at least 1999, according to new data released Thursday.

The CDC found that suicides had increased in every state except Nevada, where they decreased by 1 percent.

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

"These data should be a call to action for all states to intensify their focus on implementing suicide prevention policies and programs that have the strongest potential for helping save the most lives", he said.

Middle-age adults had the highest increase. In light of the high-profile suicides and the alarming rates, a Goodlettsville woman shared with News4 the losses she's experienced.

"We know from other research that most people who die by suicide have mental health conditions, though they may not have been formally diagnosed or treated", APA President Altha Stewart stated in a news release.

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