The 'trend' that is troubling the US

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In just one week, two high profile celebrities were found dead after authorities said they committed suicide.

Misty Vaughan Allen, a suicide-prevention coordinator at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), told Newsweek that the department's work with the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention has helped lower the rate of suicide in the state.

Experts note that mental illness may have been underreported in the study, either because the person who killed themself had not yet been diagnosed or because those left behind were not aware their loved one's condition.

Dr Christine Moutier, a psychiatrist and chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said it was important everyone knew the warning signs and to intervene when someone appeared troubled. "If we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need".

"A lot of times this is something that's been building up with people", Marx said.

She said reasons people commit suicide are limitless, and instead of doubting the seriousness of what pushes someone to suicide, people should instead open their hearts.

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

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Middle-age adults had the highest increase in suicides.

Nationally, the suicide rate has jumped by 25 percent in almost 20 years.

Here in CT, the suicide rate is the highest it's been in almost 30 years.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say suicide, drug overdoses and Alzheimer's disease are three causes of death on the rise, The Indianapolis Star reported. "When there is a listing in the obituaries, that is something that is often not included (as the cause of death), although more families seem to be including it as a way to educate people about the prevalence of the problem".

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

"There are probably hundreds of suicides deaths by suicides that have happened this week that we don't know about", said Vanessa Enos, who is the behavioral program director at Community Health Network.

"If you think about if you've ever broken something or had a awful migraine or gone through labor, you want those pains to stop but you know they're going to stop", she said.

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