Reach out to those who may be struggling

This week's shocking suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain brought conversations of mental health and depression to the forefront.

"If I find out that somebody in the person's life has committed suicide, that is a strong data point".

Draper said the reason for the uptick is two-fold: a celebrity suicide can trigger suicidal thoughts in people who might already vulnerable to them, and publicizing the phone number to call for support increases odds that people will call.

None of us is immune to thoughts of suicide, regardless of status, party, religion, age, or gender.

Statistics about the rise of suicide in the country have also recently alarmed health experts: A Center for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that suicide deaths in the United States have increased almost 30% since 1999, according to USA Today.

CDC says the rise in suicide is not just a mental health issue and that attention must be payed to circumstances that precede mental health conditions, such as financial or relationship problems.

Here's a suggestion for Doug Ford, elected Thursday to helm the new Ontario government: Make good quickly on your promise of $3.8 billion over a decade to help battle mental health, addictions and housing. North Dakota led the country with a 57.6 percent increase in its suicide rate since 1999. While psychiatry services are covered by OHIP in Ontario, a visit to a psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor is not, and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association estimates 50-minute session costs at between $60 and $150 - out of reach for many.

The highest female suicide rate in 2016 was in women from ages 25 to 64. For each suicide death, there are 25 to 30 attempts.

So what is it about reports and even fictionalized depictions of suicide that can set off some individuals? For readers outside the USA, visit or Befrienders Worldwide for global resources you can use to find help.

It means that around 16 out of every 100,000 Americans will take their own life.

Risk also increases with today's increased media coverage of high-profile suicides, he says, noting, "It's not about media covering it, but how they're covering it - if it's sensational, graphic, detailed, repeated frequently, glorified, romanticized, has no balance, and has messages about the specific method".

According to several studies, publicity surrounding a suicide has been repeatedly linked to a subsequent increase in the act, particularly among young people.

Look for professional help, talk about their issues, listen to them, she said. Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2015, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "If someone dies of cancer, we don't have to know what the person was wearing or what color their bedsheets were".

Even as the reported numbers go up, Compton says she believes they are vastly underreported.

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal says that in New Jersey 26 percent of people who die by suicide in a crisis situation told someone else first that it was their intention. "When you don't see a way out".

"Be available", he says. And just be sure to follow through and not just ask, 'How are you?' one day and then disappear.

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