On Tuesday, acclaimed fashion designer Kate Spade was found hanged in her NY apartment.
"I think when someone considers suicide they think it's their only option and it's a scary option but the pain they're going through has gotten them to that place", Litovski says. States like Idaho, Montana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota have had the greatest increases: 38 to 58 percent.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show almost 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016.
In North Dakota, the suicide rate increased by nearly 58 percent from 1999 to 2016, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what's reported.
Susie Henderson, vice president of special projects at Burrell Behavioral Health, says there is a teachable moment in this tragedy; when the death of a high-profile individual brings the topic of suicide to the surface, it creates an opportunity to talk about it and work towards normalizing mental health and its prevention.More news: Putin Hits Trump for Leaving Iran Nuclear Deal
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Reidenberg understands the complexities of suicides, pointing out there are nearly always multiple causes, including mental illnesses, substance abuse, a life change such as a job loss or a break up. In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.
Lawrence Police Department said it believes that happened Tuesday when a person was hit by a train.
Moutier of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said that suicides can be "contagious" - hearing about one may make others who are already at risk turn to self-harm.
Enos said these are people who don't want to die.
She said reasons people commit suicide are limitless, and instead of doubting the seriousness of what pushes someone to suicide, people should instead open their hearts.
If you or someone you know needs help the Hamilton Center has staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "We have to change culture around mental health, giving help and support", said Allen.
Calls for better suicide-prevention efforts are mounting, after a federal study identified a sharp rise in suicide rates in the United States over the past two decades.