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The CDC also noted that suicide rates have increased 30 percent in more than half the states from 1999 to 2016.

"Sometimes we feel that if we talk about it, that someone may commit suicide, and yet really the opposite is true", Henderson said.

Mental health experts say could be a contributing factor. The state of North Dakota had the highest increase.

Almost 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016 - a 30% rise in half of states since 1999. Unfortunately, it's not just Pennsylvania that saw an increase of deaths from suicide, nearly every other state recorded an increase.

"The crisis center has always been a very busy unit for Journey Mental Health", said Peter Zallar, Journey Mental Health. We must do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health, common risks and warning signs and effective interventions and treatments. At the time she was three months pregnant and had a toddler. she says the most important tool for healing is asking for help.

She says now it's a conversation that begs to be had. The authorities ruled his cause of death as suicide by hanging. Middle-aged adults, ages 45 to 64, had the largest increase. Staley said those could help lower Utah's high suicide rate.

But as suicide rates continue to rise across the country, Schumer said more must be done.

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"If you're anxious about somebody you know ask open and clearly", Marx said.

Abby Litovski is over the center's crisis and suicide line program and says since news of the suicides came out, they have certainly gotten an increase in calls this week.

"How do we break the silence around helping individuals that are struggling?"

"There are people that think about suicide, and they think, 'Well, they (celebrities) were courageous enough to do it, '" she said.

Gordon said doctors need to ask patients at every opportunity about their mental health and evaluate their risk for suicide. It's important to keep in mind to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themselves.

If you have any thoughts of suicide or know of someone who needs help, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. All calls are confidential.

  • Marjorie Miles