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Suicide by the Numbers, and Ways to Help

The world lost two celebrities this week to suicide. Only days apart, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their own lives. Earlier this year, DJ Avicii also took his life.

But what’s also making headlines are the statistics for suicide in America, and the numbers can be confusing.

A report from the Center of Disease Control said suicide rates across the country are up more than 30 percent between 1999 and 2016.

There were 44,965 suicides reported in 2016, according to the CDC. Another report shows that number was 33,300 in 2006. So in 10 years, the number increased by 11,665 people.

In 1999, the number was 29,199. If you compare than to 2016, suicides went up 15,766 people.

A study found about half of those suicides involved a diagnosed mental illness. Half of them dealt with issues like failed relationships, work, or financial problems.

If you know anyone who needs help or you want more information on how you can help, call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.