Local suicide prevention experts say suicide rates also tend to be higher on neighbor islands.
She says the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week take her right back to the day her father died. Dan Reidenberg, the executive director of the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, said that inquiries to crisis lifelines have increased 25-30% in the wake of the two celebrity deaths. The new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that suicides in Utah have risen more than 46 percent since 1999.
According to the report, from 1999 to 2016 suicide rates have increased more than 30 percent in half of our nation's states.
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While she says she's troubled by the recent high profile suicides, she is thrilled that people are now talking about the problem. "We don't think we can just leave this to the mental health system to manage".
"It means that around 16 out of every 100,000 Americans will take their own life", the CDC study concluded, according to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). "If we can help one out of ten people, that makes a big difference". "You can't be afraid to say hey you seem like you're struggling can we talk about your situation?"
Sometimes when a famous person is in the news after committing suicide, there's a tendency for people-especially fans-to want to do it themselves. "And tells people that might be at risk that perhaps this is a viable option for them", said Dr. Cruz.
The report found that firearms were the most common method of suicide for both those with and without mental illnesses. It was lowest in the United States capital, Washington, with 6.9 suicides per 100,000 residents per year. The Berks County Suicide Prevention Task Force also has resources available to people who may not be able to afford extended counseling.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, self-harm, or is anxious, depressed, upset or needs to talk, call the 27/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line at 741-741.