Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade's deaths are part of a growing problem in the US

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The study results appeared in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Montana had the highest suicide rate, at 29.2 per 100,000 people per year, while the District of Columbia had the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people per year.

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

"The data are disturbing", said Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director. "It's not just a mental health concern", Deborah Stone, lead author of the CDC's new study, told NPR.

To learn more, visit the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. "We need to focus on things that reduce stress on American families, and that includes economic assistance, jobs and access to education". "The need for more research and a greater national investment in suicide prevention is clearer than ever", Moutier said in the statement.

In 2014, the state topped the national list.

He also noted that, despite the higher volume of calls, people should know that their call will not go unanswered.

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GREENFIELDBOYCE: The biggest increases were in the central northern states like North Dakota. Of the 25 states where the suicide rate increase by more than 30 percent, the most noticeable rises occurred in western states.

Neighboring Alabama's rate rose 21.9 percent, while Georgia's rose 16.2 percent and South Carolina's rose 38.3 percent. One meta-analysis looking at 10 studies of the aftermath of 98 celebrity deaths found a 0.26 percent rise in suicide rates in the months after celebrities kill themselves. As a whole, the nation saw 15 people dying by suicide for every 100,000 in 2016.

"The CDC's analysis of suicide trends suggests no state is making acceptable progress toward reaching this objective, and for many states the burden of suicide is growing", Bridge said in a statement Thursday. Of those with no known mental health conditions, 84 percent were male, and 55 percent died by firearm. "Beginning a conversation, helping keep them safe, helping them connect and then follow up with them", she said.

"So it's not just about firearms, it's also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like", she said. "We know that same approach can work with suicide".

Leblanc says without the proper facilities and professionals to take care of Louisiana patients with mental illnesses, they often end up treating the symptoms of their disease at places that aren't equipped to handle them.

He points out, for example, that the nation now has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. The ones present are those for the youth.

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