IN was even higher, experiencing an increase of suicides from 31 to 37 percent.
NY saw a roughly 30 percent jump since 1999, mirroring the nationwide rate for the same period, according to the agency, which examined state-level trends in suicide rates from that year through 2016.
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"Suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said. In the US, to nobody's surprise, firearms are the most commonly used method, accounting for 41 percent of suicides of people with known mental-health conditions, and 55 percent of those without, according to the CDC report.
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"Middle-aged adults had the largest number of suicides, and a particularly high increase in rates", CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat told reporters on a conference call Thursday, calling the new data "disturbing". And suicidal ideation can arise from a plethora of quotidian experiences that aren't commonly documented or recognized as actionable mental health issues: financial distress, relationship crises, substance abuse, and so on.
Moffett leaves Omaha for Washington, D.C. This weekend to lobby lawmakers in the name of family and suicide prevention. "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. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.
In 2016, almost 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide.
Health officials have attributed Massachusetts' low suicide rate to several factors: having few rural areas, so emergency and other medical services are nearby; a strong behavioral health system; good access to health care services with near-universal insurance coverage; a low rate of gun ownership; and a decade of suicide prevention activities.
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Mental illness is also most common among women, though it tends to be reported more frequently by those in younger age groups, between 18 and 25. In the East, Vermont, New Hampshire and SC saw dramatic spikes as well.
"Suicide can happen to anybody", Schuchat said, stressing that it's important to reach out when family and loves ones are dealing with life stresses like losing a job, ending a romantic relationship, or struggling with money. With considerations to gender, significant suicide rate increases were observed among males and females in 34 and 43 states, respectively. KDADS also offers training regarding suicide prevention.
However, he said, better records are being kept on suicide statistics. "In places where exposure to guns is higher, more people die of suicide".
Other studies have found much higher rates of mental-health disorders among people at high risk of suicide, experts noted. "And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives".
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