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Gustavo Carr | 14 June, 2018, 09:59

According to, an estimated 400 physicians took their lives in 2016.

Family members or friends concerned about someone who is struggling can ask directly about suicide and remove firearms or any other means the person is considering from the home, said Jennifer Stuber, director of Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington in Seattle. For many, unfortunately, the face of mental illness in 2018 is the madman shooter that terrorizes schools and other public places. Nevada's rate actually went down slightly, the only exception, but still had one of the highest rates.

The rate of suicide in the United States has climbed dramatically over the last few decades, including in the healthcare workforce. Twenty-five states, Arkansas among them, experienced suicide-rate increases of greater than 30 percent; Arkansas' rate was up almost 37 percent.

Research from the CDC shows there's a disproportionate rate of men committing suicide compared with women; with 32.8 per every 100,000 men 65 and older versus 5.2 per every 100,000 women 65 and over. The national average was 13.4.

Depression and mental illness can't be willed away, and it's not a character flaw. Oftentimes, we can dismiss ongoing depression as situational however, when it begins to interrupt with our daily living, and we exhibit the warning signs, it is time to seek professional treatment. For years I was a functional depressive-until I wasn't quite so functional.

The U.S. suicide rate has crept higher since the start of the 21st Century, becoming the second leading cause of death for those between ages 10 and 34, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control.

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There's hope here - in IN and CT, laws that allow firearms to be taken away temporarily from people in crisis cut down the number of suicides by firearm. Because anybody can experience those stresses. Some wondered what could have motivated these two wildly successful people to take their own lives. The personal stories told by people at the network about why they loved Bourdain and his work served as a reminder to people considering suicide about how their death would hurt people left behind.

"They had known histories of mental health and substance abuse issues, two of the most important risk factors for suicide", Allende says.

We can do that much, can't we? "We really do have to look out for the risks". Or maybe it was the highly creative person who seemed happy-go-lucky on the outside but was broken on the inside.

Helpful resources abound, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Drugs and guns are two areas in which Zinzow and Thompson are not now working, but they see a desperate need for research to understand their roles in suicide.