The recent high-profile suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade are reigniting the nationwide conversation on suicide.
According to newly released research by the CDC, every state but Nevada has seen suicide rates spike from 1999 to 2016. In New York, suicide rates have increased nearly 30 percent in that period.
The CDC also reports suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Spectrum News spoke to a specialist with the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State on Tuesday. He says people often mistakenly perceive celebrities as having a perfect image.
"At the end of the day, they’re human, and I think the message is when we think of these high-profile suicides that recently happened, perhaps the message is anyone can be at risk for thoughts of suicide, and therefore anyone can help someone that might be struggling," said Garra Lloyd-Lester, a suicide specialist.
Anyone needing to talk to someone can call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.