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Suicide rates inched up in almost every USA state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday. During the study period, rate increases ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and just one of three leading causes of death that's on the rise, according to the CDC.

Keep them safe and get rid of anything that could be used in a suicide attempt.

Other studies have found much higher rates of mental health disorders among people at high risk of suicide, experts noted.

But what has spurred this steady increase in American suicides?

The greatest increase in suicides was seen in "middle-aged adults", between the ages of 45 and 64. Only Nevada did not record a rise.

Pulling data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) that observed contributing circumstances to suicide in decedents with and without known mental health conditions in 27 states in 2015, researchers reported that 54% did not have a known mental health condition.

The CDC "Vital Signs" report said that more than half of people who commit suicide do not have a diagnosed mental health condition.

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The reason for this is relatively simple: Unlike other common methods of suicide, firing a gun is an immediate, irreversible, and reliably lethal act.

In all, 772 Oregonians died by suicide in 2016, the CDC reported. Some of the designer's family members have spoken out, including her father and her older sister, who gave a lengthy statement to the Kansas City Star claiming Spade's suicide wasn't unexpected - after declining a phone interview because she said she had taken a sedative.

Gordon said doctors need to ask patients at every opportunity about their mental health and evaluate their risk for suicide.

Sikora, who lost her sister to suicide in 2001, is the western Pennsylvania director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There were 44,965 suicide deaths in 2016, according to CDC data. But the outpouring of grief on social media over the untimely deaths of these icons hides a larger trend, a country in the grips of a suicide crisis. "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". With considerations to gender, significant suicide rate increases were observed among males and females in 34 and 43 states, respectively.

Be there with them and listen.

Problems with relationships, physical health, money, jobs or housing can lead people to take their own lives, the report stated.

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

Mental Health First Aid: 8-hour sessions give people a 5-step action plan that includes the skills, resources, and knowledge to recognize if someone needs help and how to get it for them.

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