It shows the growing severity of the issue

Leslie Hanson
June 8, 2018

Suicide is "a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a statement.

"These findings are disturbing".

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA and rates have been climbing steadily for years.

In addition to the skyrocketing number of suicides in middle-aged adults, deaths by suicide are also on the rise in teens, with suicide now the second leading cause of death for all United States teens and young adults from ages 10 to 35.

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.

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.

And the increase in suicides in MA has been blamed on the travails of middle-aged men, who account for the largest number of suicide deaths. "Men and Hispanics especially are less likely to seek help".

"Too many Kansans are lost to suicide each year", KDADS Secretary Tim Keck said.

The Washington Post reports that one factor in the rising rate during this time period could be the Great Recession that hit 10 years ago. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods. Together, loss of housing and financial issues played a role in 20 percent of the 2016 suicides not attributed to mental health issues.

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


"Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors".

She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. "There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide".

Yet research has shown that almost 80 per cent of people who die by suicide explicitly deny suicidal thoughts or intentions in their last communications, he added. The rural nature of the state cuts both ways, she said.

"It's about mental illness", said writer Dorri Olds, who said she understands what Spade what must have been feeling.

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. But public health officials have been training gun shop owners on what to do when a customer might be suicidal.

Rhode Island and CT are among the 10 states with the lowest suicide rates, while ME is in the top quarter.

The biggest spike in suicides since 1999 was in North Dakota, where suicides rose 57 percent. Rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 in the District of Columbia to 29.2 in Montana.

"We saw higher increases among middle-aged people, but we did see increases in younger people and older people - essentially every age group other than those over age 75 saw increasing rates of suicide during this time period", Schuchat said.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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