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Fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain

The study was released the same week world-renowned fashion designer Kate Spade and food critic Anthony Bourdain both committed suicide.

"In other words, says Daniel Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, "'if they couldn't make it, how can I?'" That's why, he tells Yahoo Lifestyle, "we know that when there's a celebrity suicide, it increases the risk of contagion".

None of us is immune to thoughts of suicide, regardless of status, party, religion, age, or gender. The recent deaths of chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade have shone a spotlight on suicide, but a new study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that rates have been rising for the last two decades - almost 30 percent since 1999. She is a licensed mental health counselor and oversees statewide efforts to help those affected by suicide.

Suicide rates rise sharply in USA, new report shows. You can learn more about its services, including its guide on what to do if you see suicidal language on social media. The two states also experienced the second and third biggest increases, more than 48 percent, in the period studied by the CDC. That's far more than the usual surge of 20 to 30 percent after a high-profile suicide, she said.

In the wake of several shocking celebrity deaths, suicide has been a national talking point.

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Rasgon said that the reason many people aren't getting help when they need it is because they can't afford it.

Each year, about 4,000 people in this country die of suicide, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

And Richardson says the rise of social media may feed the increase.

"Probably one of the most devastating thing that can ever happen because the family is left to deal with the problems the person left and so no matter what the problem is they have to deal with the guilt, shame, regrets of what if I would have been there or what if I could have done something what if I could have said something and so you play the what if game and you end up feeling totally helpless", said McNeil. If someone is concerned about a loved one, clinicians can contact that person. Such a red-flag law has been proposed in ME, but stalled in the Legislature.

"There is help, and there is the right medicine and right therapy", she said.

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"The research is really clear that these calls have been shown to reduce emotional distress and suicidal crisis", Mr. Draper said.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness recommends ways to prevent suicide and approach the topic with someone who is showing signs of suicidal thoughts. Moreover, 54 percent of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition, according to the report.

Diane Farrell of North Central Behavioral Health Systems in La Salle says, "Ask the question 'Are you thinking of hurting yourself?'"

"Be available", he says. "In many cases, individuals are already struggling with mental health and the news of a death prompts them to seek help".

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