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

Leslie Hanson
June 8, 2018

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

With tens of thousands of people ending their own lives each year, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the USA overall, and second most common way that those between 10 and 34 die. The state's suicide rate ranked 19th overall.

The report also offers several strategies to prevent suicide.

KTVU spoke with Courtney Brown from San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center to ask her more about the CDC study. "It's really realizing that is' worth that fight, because it really is a fight", Bushamn said.

The CDC said suicide could be triggered by a number of factors, not just mental illness. The CDC suggests people learn the warning signs and how to respond, "reduce access to lethal means", including medication and firearms, and keep handy the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, manned around the clock to talk to those who are considering suicide or know someone who is.

'But if we look into women from there, understanding that suicide is a problem across all commit suicide at a higher rate, but it's a greater increase in women'.

"A big problem that has not yet been addressed in practice is that we continue to rely nearly entirely on people themselves to proactively tell us if they are suicidal", said Matthew Nock, a professor of psychology at Harvard University. Urban counties had a rate of 17. A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared states with the lowest household gun ownership rates (15 percent) to those with the highest (47 percent).

And finally, Vermont has a lot of military veterans, and veterans as a group are twice as likely to die by suicide than the general population, Delaney said.

"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.

Researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide didn't have a known diagnosed mental health condition, despite previous studies showing 90% of individuals who died by suicide did. But other problems - such as the loss of a relationship, financial setbacks, substance abuse and eviction - were common precursors, both among those who had a mental health diagnosis and those who did not.

"Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality", said Greg Lakin, the chief medical officer of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The report said people without known mental health problems were more likely to die by firearms than those with known mental health problems.

Suicide rates in Vermont and New Hampshire are double that of MA. I think it captures a lot of trends that we've been becoming more and more aware of over recent years", says psychologist Michael Anestis at the University of Southern Mississippi, who researches suicide and is the author of Guns and Suicide: "An American Epidemic. It's important to do not forget to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themsevles.

Programs that allow farmers and other individuals in rural areas to leave their guns in someone else's hands when they go through major life events can also help, Kurz said.

The report also studied the reasons surrounding suicides.

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