There may be one big reason why suicide rates keep climbing in the US, according to mental-health experts

Business Insider | 6/9/2018 | Leanna Garfield, Hilary Brueck
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Anthony Bourdain died on Friday, with early reports indicating that the beloved celebrity chef and TV host committed suicide. Earlier in the week, Kate Spade died by suicide as well.

Their deaths are part of a nationwide trend. Since 1999, the national suicide rate has risen by nearly 30%, and mental illness is believed to be one of the largest contributors.

Mental-health - Experts - Country - Decline - Funding

Mental-health experts expect that the country's decline in funding for mental healthcare has contributed to the rise.

Those who can afford out-of-pocket costs for mental health services are more likely to seek them out and receive treatment.

Anthony - Bourdain - Chef - Globe - Search

Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed chef who explored the globe in search of the world's best cuisine, died by apparent suicide Friday morning in France, CNN said. The report followed news of fashion mogul Kate Spade's suicide earlier this week.

Their deaths come amid a larger, alarming trend happening across the US: Since 1999, the national suicide rate has risen 28%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly every state has seen a rise over that period.

Suicide - Response - Factors - Illness - Contributors

While suicide is a complex response to trauma that often involves many factors, mental illness is one of the leading contributors, according to the CDC. But for those who have a mental illness and can't afford mental healthcare, their conditions are more likely to worsen.

According to many mental-health experts, that reality makes suicide a far-reaching, systemic public health crisis.

John - Mann - Psychiatrist - Studies - Causes

John Mann, a psychiatrist who studies the causes of depression and suicide at Columbia University, said several factors have likely contributed to America's rising suicide rate, including stress from the 2008 financial crisis and the current opioid epidemic. But they don't tell the whole story.

"We have a serious, national problem in terms of adequate recognition of psychiatric illnesses and their treatment. That is the single most effective suicide-prevention method in Western...
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