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

In the month after Marilyn Monroe died from a barbiturates overdose in 1962, there was bump in suicide deaths by as much as 12 percent, according to the Center for Suicide Prevention. The movie star's death was initially ruled a suicide but later accounts have raised questions about that conclusion. "They might actually bring up specifically that they're thinking of suicide".

Locally, suicide rates in MA rose 35.3 percent between the years of 2009 and 2016; in New Hampshire suicides increased a staggering 48.3 percent over those seven years. In that time stretch, guns were used in 53 percent of suicides. Studies have debunked the idea that asking people whether they have thought about harming themselves will increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

Some of the highest range in increases during the report's 17-year period were concentrated in and around Middle America. That equaled 15.6 suicides for every 100,000 people.

Suicide rates in Vermont and New Hampshire are double that of MA. What possible influence might there be from fictional suicides in movies or television shows like "13 Reasons Why", or from music lyrics.

Any potential increase in suicides following media stories is nicknamed the "Werther effect", dating back to fears of contagious suicides after publication of Goethe's novel, "The Sorrows of Young Werther", which detailed a character's suicide. That was close to 250 years ago, in 1774.

Suicide contagion accounts for at least 5 percent of youth suicides each year, according to Madeyln Gould, professor of epidemiology and psychiatry at Columbia University, who specializes in suicide-prevention strategies. Nevada, the outlier, had a slight decrease of 1 percent in its suicide rate.

What is a suicide cluster?

Ramirez attempted suicide when she was a teenager.




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The CDC reported that between 2014-2016, 27 out of 100,000 deaths by suicide in Louisiana were men, meanwhile 7 out of 100,000 were female. "Celebrity status doesn't protect someone from suicide", Psychiatrist Dr. Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes on the rise.

What can be done to minimize contagion?

"Suicide does tend to rise during the holidays or at least that's what some early reports said".

The CDC "Vital Signs" report said that more than half of people who commit suicide do not have a diagnosed mental health condition. The series includes content warnings before the start of some episodes, as well as directives to contact suicide hotlines by the series' actors.

All these practices can help minimize any effect from news coverage of suicide.

Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is a major risk factor for suicide. Don't be afraid to discuss suicide with those at risk - it can help.

"You're in the Rocky Mountain West, people are a lot more likely to have weapons here than they are in urban areas", he said, adding that part of Utah's suicide prevention efforts revolve around convincing people to lock up their firearms or remove them from their home if they are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts.

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