"Comprehensive statewide suicide prevention activities are needed to address the full range of factors contributing to suicide", the report said. Now this new report from CDC shows the suicide rate across the country is on the rise.
The most extreme increase from 1999 to 2016 was in North Dakota, with a 57.6 percent rise. Montana recorded the highest rate of 29.2 suicides per 100,000, and Washington, D.C., the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and DE saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.
Suicide rates have increased in almost every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.
With regards to regional suicide rate increases, the Midwest reported particularly significant numbers.
With tens of thousands of people ending their own lives each year, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the USA overall, and second most common way that those between 10 and 34 die.
The number of self-inflicted deaths in 2016 - roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Murray, Utah - placed suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
"The data are disturbing", said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director. Indeed, the report found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of their death.
Among those without diagnosed mental health conditions, about 45 percent took their life in connection with relationship problems; around half in connection with overall stress; and close to 33 percent due to a recent or an impending crisis.
While the study emphasizes the need for more prevention resources, predicting suicides can be hard.
Preventing suicide requires help from all sectors of society, the researchers said. The CDC report details what the federal, state and local communities, and health care systems, employers and everyone else can do. Last year, the CDC released a package on suicide prevention that includes strategies based on the best available evidence.
Additionally, the report looked at the rates of emergency department visits for nonfatal self-harm, a major risk factor for suicide, which rose by 42 percent from 2001 to 2016. If you know someone at risk of suicide, there are five steps you can take: 1. He added that those who can access treatment may struggle to find the correct medication or therapist, or continuing paying for the service when they do.
'Conditions like postpartum depression and menopause [may put some women at a higher risk], and, for women in general, stereotypes of being the ideal mom and employee, the stigma associated with a need to "balance" all of that can cause pressure as well, ' said Dr Ali.
For example, if you are anxious someone is feeling suicidal, don't be afraid to ask the question and "open the conversation", Summers said.
The report also cites the need to reduce "access to lethal means" but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation.
Be there with them. Be there with them, and listen to them. 4. Telling someone you care and want to help is always a good idea, and so is letting them do most of the talking about how they're feeling, without judging, shaming, or threatening.