Regina man remembers father after Spade and Bourdain deaths

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The study, which spanned 1999 to 2016, found that more than half of people who killed themselves did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. On Tuesday, it was designer Kate Spade found in her NY apartment. While both deaths leave permanent holes in USA - and global - culture, they are an opportunity for a much-needed discussion on suicide prevention.

Dr. Megan Schabbing, medical director of psychiatric emergency services at OhioHealth Riverside Hospital says suicidal thoughts are a symptom of many types of mental illness and are indicative of brain dysfunction.

The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on Friday, and of fashion designer Kate Spade on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the USA and the world.

"Things like changes in behavior different from our normal so you know maybe not wanting to go out with friends anymore", Marx said.

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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death nationally and one of just three leading causes that's going up.

That's according to a study conducted by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also found that in 25 mainly western and mid-western states suicides have increased by 30 per cent. "So that's where educating and bringing about awareness is how we save lives".

"It has to be consistent over the years to get more and more people involved", Egan said.

The report shows the highest contributing factors being relationship problems, an immediate crisis or problematic substance abuse, but experts along with the CDC say most commonly it is a result of a combination of factors.

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While it might be an uncomfortable conversation to have, Jones says talking to that person in a loving or caring way could work.

"Chemical imbalance in our brain has nothing to do with how famous we are", said Shatter Our Silence founder Kevin Polky.

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they're in emotional distress. The rates varied widely from state to state: 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana. Outside of the USA, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or text TALK to 741741.

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