Suicide rates rose steadily in almost every state from 1999 to 2016, increasing 25percent nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday. The issue is receiving heightened attention after designer Kate Spade took her own life this week.
Prof Julie Cerel, president of the American Association of Suicidology, noted that having better reporting standards could account for some of the increase, but also pointed to a lack of adequate funding for mental health research and preventative care. In less than a decade the rate of suicides in OH has gone up 36 percent meaning an average of about 5 people a day now die from suicide in Ohio. Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes on the rise.
"Unfortunately, our data show that the problem is getting worse", CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D., said in a press briefing on Thursday. She told reporters, "We did see increases in younger and older people".
Suicide rates increased for all age groups under 75, but middle-aged adults aged 45 to 64 had the largest rate increase.
Although there is no single cause for suicide, information from coroners' reports suggests numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use, and financial crises, according to the CDC.
But the report found that many people who committed suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental illness. CDC also found that access to medications and weapons influenced the upward trend in suicides.
"Suicide does tend to rise during the holidays or at least that's what some early reports said". The rate in the new CDC data was 15.4 per 100,000.
The report found that from 1999 to 2016, suicide rates increased in 49 states, with 25 states experiencing increases of more than 30 percent.
But the CDC's report did shed some light on the type of contributing factors that are causing these deaths by suicide on a national level. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed".
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, please reach out for help by calling or texting the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357. "I honestly don't know that there's anything that's been passed down to us that would be affecting (suicide rates) one way or the other", Brennan said, adding that the Board of Health does not have any mental health specialists.
"Our mental health systems are just really struggling across the country", Prof Cerel says.
The CDC report recommends increased cooperation and communication between government and the private sector.
Rhode Island and CT are among the 10 states with the lowest suicide rates, while ME is in the top quarter.
The study also comes a day after Netflix announced plans for a third season of its hit series "13 Reasons Why", which focuses on a high schooler's suicide.
"When you talk to them and they seem exhausted", Stamper said. "If we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need". "It's OK if you don't see any signs to ask how somebody is doing".