US Suicide Rates Increased Over 25% Since 1999, CDC Reports

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a research study showing suicide rates in the US have increased by more than 25% between 1999 and 2016. The report also shows half the country experienced a rise in rate with more than 30%.

Over 50% of those who committed suicide had never been diagnosed with any mental illness.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, is quoted in CNN stating, “These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US 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.”

She also notes the other top two causes of death on the rise are Alzheimer’s Disease and drug overdoses.

The CDC’s report shows that there was an increase in 49 states. Some states such as Delaware increased by 6% and North Dakota increased by 58%.There was only one state with a decrease in the rate, which was Nevada by 1%. The leading method was by firearm, second was by hanging or suffocation, followed by poisoning, researchers say.

The CDC’s 2014 research also showed suicide to be the third leading cause of death in black men ages 10 to 24.

According to a different study published in 2015, the suicide rate among black children aged 5 to 11 years old increased from 1.36 to 2.54 per million children.

Although researchers were unable to pinpoint the exact reasons, they believe that Black children affected by racism are at greater risk, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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