Regina man remembers father after Spade and Bourdain deaths

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More than half of the suicides in the CDC study happened without warning. The only state to experience a decrease in suicides was Nevada, which saw its rate fall by one percent. "Firearms were the most common method of suicide used by those with and without a known diagnosed mental health condition".

"We need to ramp up the funding for suicide prevention efforts across the board, triage the flat-funding and extend the hand of the federal government to the communities, caregivers and families coping with such a painful problem", Schumer said.

Abby Litovski is over the center's crisis and suicide line program and says since news of the suicides came out, they have certainly gotten an increase in calls this week. "Suicide is a public health crisis when you look at the numbers, and they keep going up".

Despite an increased awareness and more help available than ever before, there is still a stigma attached to reaching out for help.

In the year 2016 alone, 45,000 people died from suicide and Schuchat warned, "Our data show the problem is getting worse".

The new report also found that, among USA 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.

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The rate of suicides in Maryland grew by 8.5 percent, well below the national increase from 1999-2016, according to the CDC.

Looking at CDC figures from 2014, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 10-34.

The findings were released days after the deaths of famed designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain brought the issue of suicide to the fore.

As two celebrities died in apparent suicides this week, a new federal report shows suicide rates have risen dramatically across the country over the past two decades.

- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. It's not important to give details about suicide. "You can't be afraid to say hey you seem like you're struggling can we talk about your situation?" "And tells people that might be at risk that perhaps this is a viable option for them", said Dr. Cruz.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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