With the recent celebrity deaths due to suicide, taking one’s life and mental health in general is on top of mind for everyone as of late. A study recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) has revealed that rates around suicide has increased by twenty-five percent since 1999. The report also stated that 25 states in the country have experienced an increase in suicide of over 30 percent.
What is even more disturbing than the above stats is that those who have taken their lives were not diagnosed with a mental health issue, this noted by principal deputy director, CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat.
CNN reports that Schuchat also stated that suicide is one of the top causes of death in the country currently, and one of three that continues to increase (with the other two being drug overdoses and Alzheimer’s); therefore, she added, the CDC does feel it is a public health issue.
Approximately 45,000 lives were taken due to suicide in 2016, and CDC data indicates it is just getting worse.
Data from the United States’ National Vital Statistics System was used for 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia. The CDC reviewed suicide rates for individuals 10 and above from 1999 to 2016. The United States experienced an increase of 25% overall when it came to suicides during that time, with individual states increasing from as high as 58 percent (North Dakota) to as low as six percent (Delaware).
All states across America showed an increase, except for Nevada, where there was a one percent decrease. Still, the state’s suicide numbers were still up there, with about 21 to 23 individuals dying of suicide for every 100,000 people, throughout those years.
The highest suicide rate within the U.S. was felt in Montana, approximately 29 deaths for each 100,000 individuals; versus the District of Columbia that sat at seven deaths for every 100,000 (as the lowest state across America when it came to this suicide comparison rate). Overall, in 2016, the United States witnessed 15 individuals die of suicide, for every 100,000 people.
Schuchat notes that the most common method of suicide was firearm, next was suffocation or hanging, with poisoning being the last.