A New Yorker takes their own life every 5 hours

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The figures were released in the week when the deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain brought the issue to the fore. Bourdain, who was born in NY and raised in New Jersey, died Friday at age 61.

One common factor - mental health issues - may not be as reliable of a measurement as commonly thought.

Jessica Toy, who coordinates an annual walk in Lakeland to raise money for suicide prevention, echoed that idea. You can't escape mental illness, no matter who you are.

The same week as the two prominent suicides, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the national suicide rate increased 25 percent from 1999 to 2016.

- Suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death in Vermont. "Both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are people a lot of people related to". Aside from traditional news media, articles and commentary are spreading on Facebook and other social media, she said. Much of this work happens via the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center - a public-private partnership that receives funding from the state Department of Mental Health - and a larger prevention coalition.

So what exactly is coping from a mental health standpoint?

Larsen said it's also important not to imply that a suicide had a single, specific cause.

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

Reidenberg noted that despite the influx in volume of calls, people should know that if they reach out in a time of need that their calls will not go unanswered.

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Suicides are on the rise in nearly every state across the country. "We really do have to look out for the risks". "In terms of training mental health professionals, we're not doing a great job".

"It's not a simplistic 'they have mental issues, they killed themselves'". Marsh said the number of calls has increased this week, mostly hearing from people anxious about their friends. But they're hoping use the latest, most detailed statistics to bolster and refine their anti-suicide efforts. To those concerned that someone might be suicidal, she suggested using the same approach that therapists employ: asking in a vague way whether the person is considering hurting himself.

Locally on the Eastern Shore the highest numbers of suicide are in middle aged men, according to Life Crisis Center.

If you've sought treatment before and it didn't seem to help, try again, Larsen said.

"If you're thinking about taking your life, don't." she said.

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

Nevada was the only state where the suicide rate decreased. That was below the statewide rate of 14.1 per 100,000 people. It's the 10th-leading cause nationally.

"Be quite direct and say, 'I'm concerned about you, here's what I've noticed, ' and if they're expressing feelings of hopelessness, I would encourage anyone to ask the question: 'When it gets that way for you, do you ever think of ending your life?' And just like that, that will open up a space where they can talk about what's really going on", said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

"We know other states have invested heavily", he said.

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