How to have tough conversations about mental health

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Bourdain, 61, and Spade, 55, died three days and a continent apart this week amid a new US report showing an uptick in suicides rates in almost every state since 1999.

Fashion designer Kate Spade died of an apparent suicide on Tuesday at her NY apartment. Data shows that high-profile suicides lead to a rise in copycat deaths.

This week, we lost two celebrities to suicide in television host Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade. The United States has a total 25 percent increase, CNN reports.

The new report also found that, among US states and the District of Columbia, suicide rates varied fourfold in 2014-2016, from about 7 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to 29 per 100,000 residents per year in Montana.

Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Numerous factors seem to increase the risk of suicide, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health challenges, financial issues or legal problems, the report found.

Gordon said doctors need to ask patients at every opportunity about their mental health and evaluate their risk for suicide.

Six years earlier in 2001, Tom O'Clair's 12-year-old son, Timothy, took his own life.

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"A key to people not being suicidal is connection", she said.

Experts note that mental illness may have been underreported in the study, either because the person who killed themself had not yet been diagnosed or because those left behind were not aware their loved one's condition.

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

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they're in emotional distress.

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. Suicide rates were higher among males in Maryland, ranging from about 17 to 18 per 100,000 males.

The report calls on state and local communities, health care providers, and individuals to take steps to prevent suicide.

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