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It shows the growing severity of the issue

08 June 2018

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide rates have increased dramatically across the United States.

The CDC says that more than 45,000 Americans age 10 and older dying by suicide in 2016.

But there are other things that could help decrease suicide rates too, like keeping more firearms out of the hands of vulnerable people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released staggering data comparing the suicide rate in the U.S. in 1999-2000 to 2015-2016. There were 44,965 suicide deaths in 2016, according to CDC data.

Relationship problems was the most cited reason why people killed themselves, accounting for 42% of deaths, followed by a recent or upcoming crisis (29 percent) and substance abuse (28 percent).

Pulling data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) that observed contributing circumstances to suicide in decedents with and without known mental health conditions in 27 states in 2015, researchers reported that 54% did not have a known mental health condition.

Many people who died by suicide, according to the report, had recently experienced hard life events such as relationship problems, physical ailments, financial stress and job or home loss.

Suicide decedents without known mental health conditions were more likely to be male and non-Hispanic white than those with known mental health conditions. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed".

But "if we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need", Schuchat said in news conference today (June 7). 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. "Over time, I figured out and learned through trial and error what worked for me to get past that feeling", said Mike Bushman of Naperville.

A 2012 CDC study of 17 states found that workers in farming, fishing and forestry had the highest rate of suicide - about 84.5 per 100,000 people.

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Researchers say the nation's suicide rate is lowest in Washington D.C. and highest in Montana.

In Hawaii, rates went up about 18-percent from 1999 to 2016.

"We do see increases in suicide associated with economic downturns, and it can take a long time for the recovery to kick in", Schuchat said. Percentage increases over this time ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota. DE had the lowest increase at 5.9 percent.

Only Nevada saw a decline, and that was just one percent.

"The data are disturbing", said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director.

The Minnesota Health Department has increased efforts to identify at-risk communities to help reduce suicides.

Physical health problems were present in about a fifth of suicide victims, the CDC found.

Everyone can help by learning the warning signs for suicide and how to respond.

"Most people that either attempt or complete suicide, they aren't so much wanting to die as they want to be out of the pain they are in", Summers said.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to talk anonymously with a counselor: 800-273-TALK (8255).