It shows the growing severity of the issue

In the East, Vermont, New Hampshire and SC saw dramatic spikes as well.

Staggering new numbers show suicide is rising in almost every state across the United States.

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Just days after the tragic death of fashion icon Kate Spade, which the medical examiner confirmed Thursday was a suicide, new government research sheds light on a disturbing increase in suicides in the United States.

The data also shows that about 22%-24% of people who died by suicide, regardless of whether or not they had a diagnosed mental health condition, disclosed their intent at some point, underscoring the importance of taking such comments seriously.

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The analysis found that slightly more than half the people who had died by suicide did not have any known mental-health condition.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Schuchat said in a statement. In 1999, then-Surgeon General David Satcher issued a report on the state of mental health in the country and called suicide "a significant public health problem". Among the top 10, suicide, Alzheimer's, and drug overdoses are the only ones increasing, CDC officials say. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta made a decision to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.

Twenty-five states had suicide rates that increased more than 30 percent, and the highest increase was seen in North Dakota at 57.6 percent.

Suicide rates increased for all age groups under 75, but middle-aged adults aged 45 to 64 had the largest rate increase. That continues a trend that began after 2010 when the number of suicides was 606. Men age 35 to 65 are less likely to seek help when in distress. The state has tried to tackle the problem with a website,, that targets men in this age group.

Suicide has become a more prevalent topic among the U.S. healthcare population in recent years, as well.

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Thomas Delaney, a faculty member at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine who studies suicide, said Thursday that several aspects of Vermont life have been linked to higher rates of suicide.

Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, "but the public doesn't". The population is also older, and suicide is more common among older people. But Dr. Schuchat said the decrease was minor for a state with a high suicide rate.

Schuchat said that suicide is a national issue, and that no one community is immune.

Health professionals didn't offer a reason for the increase but said suicides rarely result from a single factor.

"Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality", said Greg Lakin, the chief medical officer of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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The key risk factors include engaging in extremely risky behaviour and refusing to answer questions about suicidal thinking, or its severity, Nock said. People can be isolated in rural areas, or they can find a protective community in small towns. It was a shock to her fans and renewed discussions about mental health awareness.

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