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"Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem-and something that is all around us".

As shown in the map below from the CDC, Nevada is the only state that did not experience an increase in the rate of suicide-though it's still high at an average of 22 per 1,000 during years in the study period.

Locally, suicide rates in MA rose 35.3 percent between the years of 2009 and 2016; in New Hampshire suicides increased a staggering 48.3 percent over those seven years.

The Minnesota Health Department has increased efforts to identify at-risk communities to help reduce suicides.

The CDC says that more than 45,000 Americans age 10 and older dying by suicide in 2016.

Indeed, the report found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of their death. It found that 54 percent of suicide victims did not have a known mental health condition. Bourdain's death was also confirmed to be a suicide after his friend and fellow celebrity chef Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room in France.

But the most common diagnoses associated with suicide are substance abuse problems and mood disorders.

The high suicide rate is also a concern in New Hampshire, said Patricia Tilley, deputy director of New Hampshire's division of public health services.

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"When you talk to them and they seem exhausted", Stamper said.

She had struggled with depression and anxiety for years, according to a statement released by her husband, Andrew Spade.

"It's on all of us to take more responsibility for our own health and the health of our loved ones, both physical and emotional", Dvoskin says.

Haley Lillibridge, 25, answers the phone at CrisisLink, a suicide and crisis prevention hotline in Arlington, Virginia, on June 23, 2011. "I tell people, 'You may have prevented a suicide in your life and have no idea, because you were kind to somebody not knowing that they were in a moment of utter despair.' As long as it's done in a respectful and non-intrusive way, I don't think it can hurt anything - and it might help". But Dr. Schuchat said the decrease was minor for a state with a high suicide rate.

Suicide rates are up 31 percent over the last 15 years, and many employees, underpaid and overworked, are stressed. "Someone who has had a suicide attempt, even if it's taking aspirin or a suicide attempt", he said. But there are some warning signs to watch out for.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255.

That's also a resource for anyone anxious about a loved one.

"Educating people about the ways they can get help, learning the warning signs, talking to each other, getting people better problem-solving skills, better access to health care, mental health specifically - we can definitely save lives by getting people the help that they need", Sikora said.

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