AUGUST 2, 2018, BY BRITTANY ANAS
If you are suicidal or suspect someone else is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Or, visit online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The all-too-frequent deaths by suicide of high-profile celebrities like designer Kate Spade and chef-turned-television personality Anthony Bourdain, as well as members of local communities across the U.S., mean most Americans have been impacted in some way by suicide. This recent, tragic upswing has spurred increased discussions about suicide prevention and awareness.
Underscoring the importance of this enhanced suicide awareness is a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows suicide rates have increased in nearly every state since 1999, and, in half of the states, the rate has gone up by more than 30 percent. In Illinois, the increase was 23 percent, according to the CDC, and in California, it was 15 percent. In Palo Alto, clusters of youth suicides that occurred in 2008-09 and 2014-15 prompted a CDC investigation that found high-school students there who had considered suicide had some traits in common such as missing school, being victims of bullying, and having used alcohol or drugs in the past.
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