Anthony Bourdain's death impacts local community

By 1075 Beach Radio Vernon  Tom Mark

By 1075 Beach Radio Vernon Tom Mark

In fact, researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide during the study period did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

Bourdain's death was caused by suicide.

They are numbers the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan says will only go down with awareness.

She says the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week take her right back to the day her father died.

"There are people that think about suicide, and they think, 'Well, they (celebrities) were fearless enough to do it, '" she said.

The CDC found that suicides had increased in every state except Nevada, where they decreased by 1 percent.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows the suicide rate grew 20 percent faster in Kansas than the national average.

With almost 45,000 suicides across the country in 2016, the report described suicide as a "growing public health problem" and said a variety of factors may contribute to the increase.

Numerous factors seem to increase the risk of suicide, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health challenges, financial issues or legal problems, the report found.

Jones says it's unfortunate the conversation starts after the fact when it should happen before someone takes their own life.

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

"We can't rationalize an irrational mind", she said.

"We have people calling and saying, 'Hey, what's this about?" It's up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what's reported.

Those include if a person is giving important items away, if a person is stopping doing things important to him or her, or if a person is more intentional in saying "good bye" or "I love you". Rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.

"It has to be consistent over the years to get more and more people involved", Egan said. She explains that she sought mental health help about 10 years ago, which has helped her immensely.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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