Suicide rates rising across the U.S.
An examination of state-level trends in suicide shows that suicide rates have been increasing in most states.
An examination of state-level trends in suicide shows that suicide rates have been increasing in most states. The CDC <i>Vital Signs</i> <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6722a1.htm?s_cid=mm6722a1_w&qu…; target="_blank">report</a>, which looked at suicide rates from 1999–2016, found that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. Nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 years or older died by suicide in 2016. In 2014–2016, suicide rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 per year in Washington, DC, to 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana. More than 50% of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health issue at the time of death, researchers said. Factors that often contributed to risk of suicide included relationship problems or loss; substance misuse; physical health problems; and work, financial, legal, or housing stress. According to the report, states should take a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention and address the various factors contributing to suicide, which will require coordination and cooperation from every sector.