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"Suicide is a public health problem that can be prevented".

Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky each saw double digit increases in suicides between 1999 and 2016.

Locally, suicide rates in MA rose 35.3 percent between the years of 2009 and 2016; in New Hampshire suicides increased a staggering 48.3 percent over those seven years. Rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.

(Undated) - Indiana's suicide rate is up sharply from 1999, but the state is not alone. North Dakota experienced a spike of almost 58 percent. People ages 10-24 had the lowest rate.

Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country. Suicide, Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses are three leading causes of deaths with growing prevalence. "From individuals and communities, to employers and health care professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide".

WDAY reached out to the Village Family Services to find out why these numbers have jumped so much over the course of those 17 years.

A newly released report says suicide rates are up twenty-five percent over the past twenty years.

Men account for most of the suicide deaths and they make up a huge majority of those with no diagnosed mental issues.

The number of persons taking their own lives across the United States (US) has increased by 25 per cent over the last 17 years.

US suicide rate on rise: health agency
Kansas suicide rate ranks 19th overall

The national attention following the suicides of Bourdain and Spade has meant an increase in calls to suicide hotlines like the one here in Philadelphia, which is staffed 24/7 by experts who can help you out in any crisis. "Focusing suicide prevention efforts exclusively in health care settings is insufficient".

Read the CDC's report here. In contrast, 12 out of 100,000 people died from suicide in 2012.

"We know this is about an illness and as people get sicker and sicker and close to suicide, they can't communicate to everyone very logically, very clearly - 'here's the step I'm going to take at this time and in this way, '" said Reidenberg. Take a suicide intervention course.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

He said the best thing to do if you think someone you know is suicidal is have a conversation with them about how they are doing.

"We need to educate them, and the people around them", Jafary explained.

Help them connect with ongoing support. Anyone can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Center for Kansas at 1-800-273-8255 or 785-841-2345 for other area codes.

Follow up to see how they're doing.

  • Aubrey Nash