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But the according to the report, more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Fashion designer Kate Spade died of an apparent suicide on Tuesday at her NY apartment.

The CDC recommended a public health approach to suicide prevention, which would require government, healthcare, employers, education system, community organizers and the media to work together to take steps to bring down the rates.

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

Earlier this week, American handbag designer Kate Spade, 55, took her own life, sparking renewed calls for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

In exactly half of USA states, the suicide rate increased more than 30 percent.

According to the study, the rate of suicide in the US rose almost 30 percent between 1999 and 2016.

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"Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide", the CDC explained in its report.

"For many of us who have been close to someone or lost someone we know that suicide happens and that we know it's a real risk out there". "If we can help one out of ten people, that makes a big difference". "Even though social media connects us more than ever it also connects us on a shallow basis more than ever", he said.

Overall, the rate rose to 15.4 per 100,000 in 2014-2016 from 12.3 per 100,000 in 1999-2001.

"So we want them to know whatever they're going through is valid, that the pain is valid, but there's help out there". In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.

"If anything good" can come from these recent deaths, it's that they do get people talking and reaching out, she said. "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.

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Calls for better suicide-prevention efforts are mounting, after a federal study identified a sharp rise in suicide rates in the United States over the past two decades.

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