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Posted: June 14, 2018

Suicide rate rising faster among women than men, CDC says

Warning Signs of Suicide and Resources for Help

By Lauren Padgett, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Suicide rates among women in the United States rose 60 percent over the past decade, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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“Typically, there's between three and four times as many suicides among males as among females,” said Dr. Holly Hedegaard, a medical epidemiologist at the NCHS and the main author of the new study.

Women ages 45 to 64 saw the greatest increase in death by suicide.

More than half of these deaths tracked by the CDC involved women who had no known mental health issues.

According to the American Psychological Association, women said their stress levels have risen in recent years. 

CDC officials state that a set of conditions like family responsibilities, work and relationships - can all contribute to factors leading to suicide.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

These numbers are released after the recent high-profile deaths of acclaimed chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade.

In the days following Spade and Bourdain’s deaths, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline jumped 25 percent. 

The authors of this study recommend that policymakers to take action, stating that a mental health evaluation should be a required part of primary doctor care visits.

Mental health professionals encourage people to talk more openly about suicide and discuss it is a treatable public health issue, rather than a secret or personal failure.

If you or someone you know has talked about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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Chef, author, TV star Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, an American chef, author, and television personality who hosted “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room, CNN reported Friday. He was 61. 

Bourdain was found in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, CNN reported.

The Emmy-winning host committed suicide, CNN confirmed.

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"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," CNN said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain was in France to work on an upcoming episode of “Parts Unknown,” an award-winning series on CNN. His friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room, CNN reported.

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The eleventh season of "Parts Unknown" premiered on CNN last month.

Bourdain won a Peabody Award in 2013 for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure," CNN reported.

“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family,” President Donald Trump said as he prepared to attend the G7 summit in Canada. “I enjoyed his show. He was a character.” 

Bourdain's death occurred three days after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday.

The 24-hour telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).

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Fashion designer Kate Spade dies

Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment, The Associated Press reported. She was 55.

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Unidentified law enforcement sources told WCBS-TV that Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide.

Officials told the AP that housekeeping staff found Spade hanging in her Manhattan apartment around 10:20 a.m. She had left a note, officials said.

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Spade created a line of sleek handbags in 1993. Her company, Kate Spade New York, opened its first store in 1996 in New York City. The fashion brand has more than 140 retail and outlet stores nationwide and more than 175 shops abroad.

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Officials with the brand confirmed Spade’s passing in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time,” the statement said. “We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”

Spade was born in 1962 as Katherine Brosnahan. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and dreamed of being a journalist, NPR reported in a 2017 episode of “How I Built This.” She studied at Arizona State University, where she met her future husband, Andy Spade. She graduated from the university in 1985 with a degree in journalism and, eight years later, launched Kate Spade, according to the New York Daily News.

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Kate Spade told NPR that she set out to create the perfect handbag because at the time, “bags were too complicated.”

“We were doing something different, which was really to our advantage,” she said.

The Spades sold Kate Spade New York in 2007, according to CNBC.

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Friends and fans took to social media to mourn the fashion maven.

“’I believed that I could, so I did,’” fashion designer Kenneth Cole wrote in a tweet remembering Spade. “She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory. #KateSpade #RIP”

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Designer Kate Spade attends the Tribeca Ball 2011 at the New York Academy of Art on April 4, 2011 in New York City. Spade died at age 55 in 2018. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Academy of Art)

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