Can We Talk Suicide for a Second? There's Help if You Need it

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Anthony Bourdain, the popular TV personality, author and chef was found dead this morning inside his hotel room in France. He was 61.  This comes on the heels of another high profile celeb ending their life earlier this week, Kate Spade.

CNN, the network which airs his Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, broke the news and said the cause of death was suicide. In a statement released to the media, CNN says "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain was in France working on an episode of Parts Unknown and was discovered by his friend, French chef Eric Ripert. 

Suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC

How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

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