Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's Deaths Come as CDC Reports Increase in Suicides
This week, the CDC reported an increase in suicides among adults—the same week fashion icon Kate Spade and celebrated chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain died by suicide.
The study, which examined suicide rates in every state from 1999 to 2019 in people over the age of 10, found that suicide rates in the U.S. have risen nearly 30% since 1999 and concludes that mental health conditions are one of the factors contributing to the spike.
"Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It's not just a mental health concern,"Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the study's lead author, told NPR. "There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that's one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention."
Stone and her colleagues found that adults aged 45–64 had the largest absolute rate increase as well as the greatest number of suicides of any age group (232,108) during that same period.
The authors of the study encourage states to invest in prevention tactics, writing: "States can use a comprehensive evidence-based public health approach to prevent suicide risk before it occurs, identify and support persons at risk, prevent reattempts, and help friends and family members in the aftermath of a suicide."
If you or someone you know is struggling or just needs to talk, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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