Suicide rates are more than 30% up in 25 states across the country to become the tenth leading cause of death in the US, according a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Thursday,
In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 and older died by suicide, the report showed, and more then half of them did not have a diagnosed mental health condition. Between 1999 and 2016, 25 states saw suicide rates jump more than 30 percent. North Dakota holds the sad lead with more than 57 percent rate.
CDC Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat told a media briefing that suicide is just one of the three leading causes of death that are on the rise. “These statistics don’t begin to reveal the emotional, social and financial toll that suicide exacts on individuals, families and communities that are left devastated,” she said. The study found that middle-aged adults are especially at risk and account for a particularly high increase in rates, the report showed.
At the same time, deaths by suicide are also on the rise in teens, with suicide now the second leading cause of death for all US teens and young adults from ages 10 to 35.
“Suicide can happen to anybody,” Schuchat warned. Suicide rarely springs from a single factor, the CDC report authors noted. While mental health conditions are a main focus of suicide prevention efforts, the authors found that more than half of Americans who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition.
Guns are still the most common means of suicide, accounting for about half of all suicide deaths in the US. Relationship problems or loss, substance abuse, physical health problems, and job, money, legal or housing stresses often contributed to suicide risk, the report showed.
CDC director, said the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention have set a goal to cut the nation’s annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.
“The CDC’s analysis of suicide trends suggests no state is making acceptable progress toward reaching this objective, and for many states the burden of suicide is growing,” Bridge said.
The CDC researchers agreed that states need to address a wide range of risk factors in suicide prevention efforts, and they need to include government, public health, health care, employers, education, media and community organizations.