Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

It shows the growing severity of the issue

The report states that from 1999-2016, nearly every USA state saw an increase in suicide rates; 25 of which saw increases of more than 30 percent each.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

New federal data shows suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation.

The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the USA, with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999.

Data from the National Violent Death Reporting System in 2015 reported that more than half of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental condition.

"Suicide does tend to rise during the holidays or at least that's what some early reports said".

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Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for nearly half of the people who died.

Schuchat said that many factors can increase a person's suicide risk, including relationship problems, substance abuse, physical and mental health, job and money issues, and legal problems. However, the fact that so many other factors appeared to contribute to suicide is an important finding. "But these issues were [found] in all, with or without a mental health condition".

The new report also found that, among US states and the District of Columbia, suicide rates varied fourfold in 2014-2016, from about 7 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to 29 per 100,000 residents per year in Montana. "Over time, I figured out and learned through trial and error what worked for me to get past that feeling", said Mike Bushman of Naperville.

Suicide rates have waxed and waned over the country's history and tend to reach highs in hard times. While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation.

Suicide has become a more prevalent topic among the U.S. healthcare population in recent years, as well.

The most common method used across all groups was firearms.

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The rate of suicide deaths has been rising across the US since at least 1999, according to new data released Thursday.

Rates varied widely across the country during the study period, from 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year killing themselves in Washington, D.C., to 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana - the highest in the country, followed by Alaska and Wyoming. Those two states also experienced the second and third biggest increases, more than 48 percent, in the period studied by the CDC. Rates have risen steadily in most age and ethnic groups, even as rates of psychiatric treatment and diagnosis have also greatly increased.

Only Nevada saw a decline, and that was just one percent.

Recommendations include comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention, which requires coordination from every sector of society from the government to community organizations.

"The data are disturbing", said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director.

A range of strategies could help prevent suicides, from expanding access to mental and behavioral health care to improving education around individual coping skills and institutional supports, the report says.

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