Don’t Be Afraid to Talk With Someone

Anthony Bourdain and the author

Anthony Bourdain and the author

The meetings come less than a week after Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain both took their own lives and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report showing the suicide rate in IN increased 32 percent between 1999 to 2016.

"We often can be concerned about doing more damage by asking questions, but it is likely that you cannot do more damage", Grier said.

Gould said reporters can also help minimize the risk of suicide contagion by discussing messages of resilience and hope in their stories and to encourage people to seek help. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

Suicide rates are also rising worldwide, with some one million people dying annually from suicide.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the rate of suicide across the country rose almost 30 percent between 1999 and 2016, and 54 percent of the victims did not have a known mental illness.

"We saw a spike of same-method suicides ... after some really graphic reporting", says Cerel, who is also a psychologist and a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.

Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is a major risk factor for suicide. Other problems, such as relationship issues, alcoholism or substance abuse or financial struggles push many people over the edge. They don't seem to take tie for self-care, which means they aren't seeking help for any mental health issues. For readers outside the US, visit or Befrienders Worldwide for global resources you can use to find help. "Just the story can become a trigger, and reminds them of their loved one, especially when the reporting is very bad", she says.

Nevada is the only state in the nation to see a decrease in suicide rates, with 1 percent fewer deaths by suicide from 1999 to 2016. From there, suicide became more common. Everyone who sends a text will be connected with a crisis counselor. And in terms of ethnic breakdown, CDC research shows that American Indians have the highest rate of suicides per 100,000 people, followed by whites.

"Talking is what makes the difference, that personal connection that you have, one to one, where it's being talked about".

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate to reach out for help.

Several outlets have publicized the 1-800-273-8255 suicide prevention hotline - People and Entertainment Weekly magazines are using it on their covers - and operators say the hotline has received the largest volume of calls in its history following the celebrity deaths.