Between 1999 and 2016, 25 states saw suicide rates jump more than 30 percent. The C-D-C says almost half those who killed themselves had no known history of mental health issues.
"Everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director. "Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating", says Stone. The state of North Dakota had the highest increase.
That, combined with state legislative support, federal grants through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and relatively strict laws on gun ownership, have put CT in a relatively strong position to keep suicide deaths down, said Andrea Duarte of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' prevention division. "After Robin Williams" death in 2014, suicide rates went up 10 percent.
"The focus of this is to identify people that might be struggling with thoughts of suicide and asking the question and then connecting them to resources in the community", says Murnane. The need for more research and a greater national investment in suicide prevention is clearer than ever.
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Among the agency's recommendations: Reduce a high-risk person's access to lethal items such as medications and firearms. But the researchers say about half of those who killed themselves were not known to have a mental health condition.
Media interested in learning more about suicide, warning signs and prevention can visit our website at www.afsp.org. Firearms was the most common method used by both groups, followed by suffocation, poisoning and "other".
Mental illness is not a communicable disease, but there's a strong body of evidence that suicide is still contagious. People ages 10-24 had the lowest rate. The trend has begun to close a longstanding gender gap in suicide, in which men were far more likely to take their own lives. We are working diligently to prevent suicide.
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The CDC says there were a higher number of suicides in areas hard hit by the economic downturn, especially in rural areas in western states.