The 'trend' that is troubling the US

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Suicide rates in almost every US state rose from 1999 to 2016, with increases of more than 30 percent in half of the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday.

"There have been previous reports recently that have shown suicide is one of the major contributors to a decrease in life expectancy in this country, which makes it even more alarming", he said.

The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade highlight a troubling trend - rising suicides among middle-aged Americans.

The CDC says there were a higher number of suicides in areas hard hit by the economic downturn, especially in rural areas in western states.

54% of suicides did not have a known mental health condition. But local mental health advocates said they are also seeing younger people struggling with suicidal impulses. Among middle-age people across the country, marriage rates have declined, and social isolation has increased.

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Relationship problems, a traumatic event, physical health problems, problematic substance use and issues with work or finances are some factors that can contribute to suicide among those with and without known mental health conditions, the CDC said in its report.

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"We can't ignore that suicide is a very significant public health issue", Brummett said. You might say you're noticing behaviors that can be associated with thoughts of suicide, Buhse said, and then ask, "Are you thinking of killing yourself?"

The national attention following the suicides of Bourdain and Spade has meant an increase in calls to suicide hotlines like the one here in Philadelphia, which is staffed 24/7 by experts who can help you out in any crisis. As a whole, the nation saw 15 people dying by suicide for every 100,000 in 2016. These states have had an increase of suicide between 38 and 58% since 1999.

Idaho's suicide prevention advocates are gearing up for the 4th Annual Western States Conference on Suicide. "If I say it, will they get that idea from me?'"

"For many of us who have been close to someone or lost someone we know that suicide happens and that we know it's a real risk out there". "We want improved access to care and better diagnostics, but we think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what is needed".

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have concerns about someone who may be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Between 2007 to 2012, there were dramatic cuts to mental health funding.

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