It shows the growing severity of the issue

It shows the growing severity of the issue

It shows the growing severity of the issue

More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, which is why the CDC is calling for more education and awareness. "Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem - and something that is all around us", Schuchat said.

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.

Middle-age adults are among the hardest hit by suicide, the officials found.

He points out, for example, that the nation now has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults.

Thomas Delaney, a faculty member at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine who studies suicide, said Thursday that several aspects of Vermont life have been linked to higher rates of suicide.

But "if we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need", Schuchat said in news conference today (June 7).

In 2016, 45,000 people died by suicide - marking a slight increase over the previous year - a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals.

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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.

"It's a national problem of wide scope that we need comprehensive approaches for", said Anne Schuchat, a CDC deputy director.

Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

And the increase in suicides in MA has been blamed on the travails of middle-aged men, who account for the largest number of suicide deaths. It's up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what's reported.

She speculated that inescapable social media, online bullying and the increased awareness of ways to die by suicide have contributed to rise in suicides. But local mental health advocates said they are also seeing younger people struggling with suicidal impulses.

"Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality", KDHE Chief Medical Officer said. "Those can all be risk factors", Kajimura said. The rural nature of the state cuts both ways, she said.

Experts note that mental illness may have been underreported in the study, either because the person who killed themself had not yet been diagnosed or because those left behind were not aware their loved one's condition. But public health officials have been training gun shop owners on what to do when a customer might be suicidal. "They don't want to enable a tragic outcome". The rate in the new CDC data was 15.4 per 100,000. The age range was 13 to 83. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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