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Suicide rates rising in Kentucky, US

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - A new study shows suicide rates are rising throughout the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new information showing nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016.

All states and the District of Columbia saw an increase in suicide rates except Nevada, which saw a one percent decrease.

"It brings attention to what clearly is a national problem, what's clearly a problem that affects families all across the U.S., all across the world," Trevor Wilkins, owner of Thin Lines Consulting in Lexington, said.

"We think a lot about our physical health, but we don't talk as much about our mental health," Tina Bryant, clinical director of UK Counseling Center, said. "Even if you think someone is okay, right? Like, I think a lot of times we think 'Oh, that person, maybe that event happened and it was bad, but they're fine. They're handling it fine'. I think it's just important for us just to talk with each other and in our society that moves so quickly, we take time to look someone in the eye and say, 'No, really, how are you doing?'"

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

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