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Suicides in Pennsylvania increased more than 30 percent over 17 years

| Friday, June 8, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Pennsylvania’s suicide rate increased more than a third from 1999 to 2016, according to a new federal report surveying the rates in each state.
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Pennsylvania’s suicide rate increased more than a third from 1999 to 2016, according to a new federal report surveying the rates in each state.
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows suicides increased in all states except Nevada from 1999 to 2016.
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows suicides increased in all states except Nevada from 1999 to 2016.

Pennsylvania's suicide rate increased more than a third from 1999 to 2016, according to a new federal report surveying the rates in each state.

The rate increased in all states except for Nevada in the 17-year period, and increased by more than 30 percent in 25 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report .

The report's release coincided with the news of celebrity chef and travel host Anthony Bourdain's suicide Friday at age 61.

Those who commit suicide might or might not have a mental health condition, according to the CDC report. Those with no known mental health condition were more likely to be male and to use a firearm, according to the report.

Relationship problems were the biggest contributing factor in suicides, followed by a crisis in the past or upcoming two weeks, problematic substance abuse, a physical health problem and other factors.

The report includes information on recognizing warning signs and taking steps to prevent suicides .

In Pittsburgh, people in crisis can call the Resolve hotline any hour of the day or night at 888-796-8226.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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