Suicide rates increasing across U.S.

Posted: 2:44 PM, Jun 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-07 20:22:34Z
Suicide rates increasing across U.S.

Suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state according to the CDC.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans – and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country," said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. "From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide."

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America.

According to the CDC, researchers found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Relationship problems or loss, substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide.

The CDC reports that state suicide rates vary. However, 25 states had a suicide increase of more than 30% in recent years.

The report also recommends that states take a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention and address the range of factors contributing to suicide.

The CDC states that everyone can help prevent suicide by learning the warning signs of suicide to identify and appropriately respond to people at risk, reducing lethal means, and contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help.

For help on learning the warning signs, you can visit

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