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Remembering Anthony Bourdain 1956-2018

Remembering Anthony Bourdain 1956-2018

Anthony Bourdain, 61, was found dead on Friday in an apparent suicide, according to reports.

The recently released CDC findings reveal that suicide rates increased by over 30 percent in more than half of the states. In Ohio, the rate increased 36%. The highest increases were seen among teens ages 15 to 17 years old.

The biggest increase in suicides was in North Dakota, where the rate jumped more than 57 percent. In 2016, almost 45,000 Americans aged 10 and older died by suicide. Other problems often contribute to suicide risk, such as relationship problems, substance use, or financial or job stress.

"It's a national problem of wide scope that we need comprehensive approaches for", said Anne Schuchat, a CDC deputy director. Utah continues to have one of the nation's highest rates for such deaths.

While prevention efforts mainly focus on identifying and providing treatment for people with mental illness, experts say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor.

Their untimely deaths are part of a growing problem across the nation.


Kyle Moffatt remembers his father, Wade, who died of suicide three years ago, after Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their lives this week.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA and rates have been climbing steadily for years.

The report comes in light of two high-profile suicides this week.

"Talk to a professional, such as a doctor, mental health professional, counselor, or social worker", the WHO said. "However, with the right community support in place, we can better reach those who might be feeling hopeless and alone and connect them to help", Bob Gebbia, who works with the Action Alliance and is CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said in the Alliance's statement. They also said Americans should learn the warning signs of suicide so they can recognise those at risk.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, self-harm, or is anxious, depressed, upset or needs to talk, call the 27/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis text line at 741-741. Suffocation, including hanging, was the next most-common method, followed by poisoning.

If you are anxious about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.

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