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&#8211;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&#8211;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.