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Suicide rates have increased by more than 30% since 1999

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Two celebrity suicides this week, have drawn focus on a disturbing trend. 

In the last seven years, suicide rates rose in all but one state.

The numbers include high-profile, successful people. This week celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, both lost their lives to apparent suicides.

It's a topic many people would rather not talk about.

“You're not going to be encouraging the person to kill themselves by opening up a conversation about suicide and suicidal thinking,” said Melissa Rowan-Decker, director of residential services at the Mental Health Association. "In fact, silence is the biggest threat."

Sadly, it's something that happens all too often. Recently, Montague police rescued someone who'd jumped from the Gill Montague Bridge and talked another man out of jumping off another bridge. 

“Unfortunately one trend that we're seeing is its happening with younger and younger people,” said Rowan-Decker.

In half of all states, suicide among people age 10 and older has increased more than 30 percent since 1999.

Nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the U.S in 2016. 

That's more than double the number of homicides. Making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. A death that is preventable, and almost always due to depression. 

Here are some signs to look out for: 

  • Loss of interest in preferred activities
  • Social isolation
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Increase in alcohol or drugs

With the recent deaths of Spade and Bourdain, health officials are worried about copycat suicides. 

Suicide rates rose by almost 10 percent after actor Robin Williams took his own life. 

If you know someone suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, click here for more information. 


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