How to have tough conversations about mental health

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In exactly half of US states, the suicide rate increased more than 30 percent.

Local suicide prevention experts say suicide rates also tend to be higher on neighbor islands.

"There are probably hundreds of suicides deaths by suicides that have happened this week that we don't know about", said Vanessa Enos, who is the behavioral program director at Community Health Network. According to the USA Today, the deaths of Spade and Bourdain have led to a rise in the number of calls made to suicide prevention hotlines.

"Until they can get to their counselor the next day, but it also maybe how to link them up with immediate resources like going to the hospital or some more of a crisis or triage".

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

The Centers For Disease Control reports a almost 30 percent increase in suicides over the last 20 years.

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

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A total of 25 states show an increase of 30 percent of suicide deaths, according to a comprehensive study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As admirers of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade ask why following a hard week, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that suicide rates in 49 out of 50 states are on the rise.

She said hearing about one suicide may make others who are already at risk turn to self-harm. However, the fact that so many other factors appeared to contribute to suicide is an important finding. We share in the pain that so many are feeling this week.

Sometimes when a famous person is in the news after committing suicide, there's a tendency for people-especially fans-to want to do it themselves. "Even people who seem that they're happy, seem that they're functioning, seem that they don't have severe depression evident, or at least diagnosed, may be close to taking these extreme measures".

Anyone seeking suicide prevention help can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Rather than speculating "why they did it", the public should focus on "how to prevent it", especially in the wake of celebrity suicides, Geddef said.

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