After high-profile deaths, experts share suicide prevention tips
PASCO, Wash. —
Suicide claimed another victim on Friday with the death of chef and television host Anthony Bourdain.
Bourdain died at the age of 61.
His death comes just days after designer Kate Spade committed suicide.
Now a new study shows alarming results: suicide rates are rising.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new numbers on Thursday, saying all but one state experienced an increase from 1999 to 2016.
Washington state saw its rate soar by 18.8 percent.
According to Janet Moore with the Surviving Suicide Loss support group in College Place, there are resources for help, but adds those with suicidal thoughts might not seek them out. That means it's also up to their loved ones to help.
"To know that it's ok to say to someone, 'Are you thinking about hurting yourself?' Better to ask that question - even if they lie to you - than to later think, ‘Oh, I wish I'd said something.’"
Moore says warning signs can include losing interest in everyday and favorite activities, isolating themselves, engaging in reckless behavior and giving away possessions.
She adds that "another one that people don't recognize often is that once the decision has been made, people become more upbeat because they already decided."
Moore says talking about the issue also helps, a point that NAMI Tri-Cities president Fred Yapuncich agrees with.
"The idea is to reduce the stigma so those that are struggling can reach out and those that are helping or around them have the resources with respect to defusing the potential of suicide."
For more information about Surviving Suicide Loss support group, click here.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.
To see the CDC report, click here.