It shows the growing severity of the issue

Henrietta Brewer
June 8, 2018

In a concerning trend, deaths from suicide have increased in almost every US state in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

The data also shows that about 22%-24% of people who died by suicide, regardless of whether or not they had a diagnosed mental health condition, disclosed their intent at some point, underscoring the importance of taking such comments seriously.

"Between 1999 and 2016, the suicide rate increased among all age groups younger than 75 years", said Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director of the CDC, who led a media briefing on the topic Thursday.

Adults ages 45 to 64 had the largest increase in the suicide rate, from 13.2 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999 to 19.2 suicides per 100,000 in 2016. That are traumatic for people such as loss of a relationship, death of a loved one, loss of a job, major things that happen in your life that are hard to deal with.


CDC researchers also found that nationwide more than half of those who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition.

The high proportion of older people who are white and low rates of religiosity in New Hampshire may also play a role, she said. In 1999, then-Surgeon General David Satcher issued a report on the state of mental health in the country and called suicide "a significant public health problem". "We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention".

"In addition to making sure Missouri's farmers and ranchers have a strong safety net and access to trade, we need to ensure they have access to the mental health resources that are often lacking in rural areas", McCaskill said in a statement.

"We know that suicide is a pretty impulsive act", Kurz said, "so if we can buy a little time, that can save lives".

"Those are the times to really support each other", Schuchat said. While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation. Substance abuse was also common among those who died by suicide, particularly among those with a known history of mental health conditions.


Vermont is home to a high proportion of white people, and whites as a group have higher suicide rates than ethnic groups.

- A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a troubling rise in the nation's suicide rates.

The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the US, with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. California had an increase of 14.8 percent - the fifth-smallest, after Delaware, Maryland, Florida and North Carolina. Nevada was the only state to see a decrease.

If you believe a loved one is considering suicide, do not leave him or her alone and try to get the person to seek help from a doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department or dial 911. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015.

Note: If you or you're concerned a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK.


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