Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's deaths are part of a growing problem in the US

Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's deaths are part of a growing problem in the US

The nation's largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is hosting an audio briefing today to give guidance on how to report on suicide in a way that will not lead to contagion.

CDC researchers emphasized in their report that more than half of those suicides were committed by people who had not been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Almost 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016 and according to the CDC two-thirds of gun-related deaths in the USA are suicides, the BBC reports.

More than half of the people who died didn't have a known mental health issue at the time of death, according to the CDC study.

"The data are disturbing", said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director. Stone says that in these individuals there were usually other issues such as "relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating". Of the 25 states where the suicide rate increase by more than 30 percent, the most noticeable rises occurred in western states.

On Thursday, public health officials urged people with suicidal thoughts to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. The researchers then analyzed that data, taking a close look at suicide rates before and after his death.

US cuts a deal with Chinese smartphone maker ZTE
The deal includes a $1 billion penalty against ZTE and a US-chosen compliance department to be embedded into the company. The new deal will also see ZTE paying $400m into a holding account to insure against future violations.

Supreme Court rejects attempt to liberalise Northern Ireland abortion law
An emergency debate on the issue of abortion in Northern Ireland was held in the House of Commons on Tuesday. As it now stands, abortion is only legal in Northern Ireland if the life of the woman is endangered.

Fans wonder whether LeBron's injured hand cost the Cavs a championship
I get it would be for LeBron James , but I'm not under the belief that you try to fix something that wasn't necessarily broken. I think it's more special when you do it with people who support you and love you, care about what you do as a ball player.

Among the agency's recommendations: Reduce a high-risk person's access to lethal items such as medications and firearms.

And as evidenced by the deaths of Spade and Bourdain it's important to remember that sometimes people struggle with mental health challenges friends or family may not know about. "There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide". Suffocation, including hanging, was the next most-common method, followed by poisoning. "Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we've need to talk about firearms explicitly", he says. The cause of death was suicide.

Folks at the Crisis Center in Birmingham say whenever a public figure takes their life it can certainly cause others who may have been considering it to think about it even more.

The highest risk group is the youth because of the changes and stress they are consistently going through, according to Walker.

South Florida resident Felicia Monroe knows first hand what it's like to lose someone to suicide. One meta-analysis looking at 10 studies of the aftermath of 98 celebrity deaths found a 0.26 percent rise in suicide rates in the months after celebrities kill themselves.

Like this: