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How to have tough conversations about mental health

How to have tough conversations about mental health

The CDC report, which was released this week, did not give a reason for the uptick in suicides. On Tuesday, it was designer Kate Spade found in her NY apartment.

Bourdain's death marks the second celebrity suicide over the past week. More than half did not have a known mental health diagnosis.

Clinical Psychologist Paula Bloom talked with 11Alive to help viewers gain a better understanding of mental health issues.

The topic of suicide is being discussed all across the country now, something that's more prevalent following the sudden deaths of celebrities like Kate Space and Anthony Bourdain.

She also said new technology provides another way to get help. Research shows suicide rates are increasing in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control said in a report released Thursday that almost 45,000 Americans lost their lives to suicide in 2016.

The study found that suicide rates rose in men and women and across all age and ethnic groups, propelled by mental illness, substance use, financial hardship and relationship problems.

"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.

When people take their own lives, the question of "why they did it" arises from the public. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has more information on risk factors and warning signs.

On an individual level, it's also crucial to look out for the people in your life, Schuchat says.

"It's that personal connection to another person that may make the difference".

"He taught all of us how to be an American overseas, how to travel, explore, how to experience the world", said Cullen. In contrast, 12 out of 100,000 people died from suicide in 2012.

"A lot of times this is something that's been building up with people", Marx said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255. "So, when you put those things together, it can be hard to find help even when you want it", Trisha Kajimura, Mental Health America of Hawai'i Executive Director, said. The Berks County Suicide Prevention Task Force also has resources available to people who may not be able to afford extended counseling.

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