CDC report reveals more than 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016

US suicide rates increased more than 25% since 1999, CDC says

US suicide rates increased more than 25% since 1999, CDC says

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Schuchat said.

The states with the greatest increase in suicides were North Dakota (57.6 percent), Vermont (48.6), New Hampshire (48.3) and Kansas (45). In half of the states, suicide among people age 10 and older increased more than 30 percent.

Suicide rates have been rising significantly in nearly every state; in both men and women; and across all age and ethnic groups, according to an alarming new CDC report released the same week that both fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain reportedly took their own lives. More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, which is why the CDC is calling for more education and awareness.

The CDC report notes many factors contribute to suicide with the most common being relationship problems, crisis in the past or upcoming two weeks, problematic substance use, physical health problem, and job or financial problem.

The new report also found that, among USA states and the District of Columbia, suicide rates varied fourfold in 2014-2016, from about 7 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to 29 per 100,000 residents per year in Montana.

Suicide rates varied from 6.9 per 100,000 residents a year in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.

While it may be true that suicide rates are increasing across the board, research consistently points to a strong association between firearm access and suicide deaths, independent of other factors. IN was even higher, experiencing an increase of suicides from 31 to 37 percent.

However, he said, better records are being kept on suicide statistics.

Among those who committed suicide who did not have a known psychiatric condition, 84 percent were men and 16 percent were women. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

"Suicidologists regularly state that suicide is not caused by a single factor; however, suicide prevention is often oriented toward mental health conditions alone with regard to downstream identification of suicidal persons, treatment of mental health conditions, and prevention of reattempts", researchers wrote.

"The findings further reinforce the need to address suicide prevention through a robust, coordinated, multisector approach that combines health care system efforts with community efforts", the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention said in a statement about the report. You can explain what the person is going through and see what the counselor suggests to intervene, since they are an expert on suicide.

The report also cites the need to reduce "access to lethal means" but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. Be there with them, and listen to them. 4.

"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said.

Help them connect with ongoing support.

Middle-aged adults - age 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase, rising to 19.2 per 100,000 in 2016 from 13.2 in 1999.

If you are in crisis and considering hurting yourself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255), or use that same number and press "1" to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. Follow up to see how they're doing.

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