Recent celebrity suicides put a spotlight on the issue

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Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade died by suicide this week. (Source: CNN) Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade died by suicide this week. (Source: CNN)
Heather Brown is a suicide prevention expert. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Heather Brown is a suicide prevention expert. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

News of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's suicide left friends and fans of the CNN talent stunned. Many questions arise when a well known person takes their own life.

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Heather Brown is a suicide prevention expert with Maricopa County. Brown explains that there are many reasons why people choose to take their own life.

“I think the best thing to really think about is that it could happen to anybody at any point, it's part of being human, no one is really immune, no matter how wealthy. It could happen to anyone,” said Brown.

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Whatever the cause, we do know that the number of suicides across the country is rising, up 25 percent since 1999, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control.

That same report shows suicides in Arizona are up 17 percent over the same time period. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Arizona with over 1200 reported last year, according to state health officials.

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