It shows the growing severity of the issue

Grant Boone
June 8, 2018

In North Dakota, the suicide rate increased by nearly 58 percent from 1999 to 2016, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was a shock to her fans and renewed discussions about mental health awareness.

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.

Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the USA, and is one of three leading causes that are on the rise, the CDC said. The other two top 10 causes of death that are on the rise are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses, she noted.

This finding follows a 2017 CDC report that detailed the rise of suicide prevalence in rural United States counties. "Essentially every age group other than those over 75".

Adults ages 45 to 64 had the largest increase in the suicide rate, from 13.2 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999 to 19.2 suicides per 100,000 in 2016.

MA experienced a 35 percent increase in suicides from 1999 to 2016, but its suicide rate remains comparatively low: 10 per 100,000 people in 2014-2016, compared with 15.4 per 100,000 for the nation as a whole. CDC also found that access to medications and weapons influenced the upward trend in suicides.

"A big problem that has not yet been addressed in practice is that we continue to rely nearly entirely on people themselves to proactively tell us if they are suicidal", said Matthew Nock, a professor of psychology at Harvard University.

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.

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Suicide rates have increased in almost every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.

The report found that from 1999 to 2016, suicide rates increased in 49 states, with 25 states experiencing increases of more than 30 percent.

In New Orleans, researchers led by Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse also recently studied the high rates of suicide in the city even a decade after Hurricane Katrina.

Resources in Kansas are available for suicide prevention and the promotion of behavioral health. The findings point to the need to both prevent the circumstances associated with the onset of mental health conditions-such as relationship, financial or criminal problems-and support those with a known mental conditions to decrease the risk of suicide, the CDC said.

"And, unfortunately, our data show that the problem is getting worse", Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director at CDC, said at a press briefing, reports Medscape.

"We know that prevention programs work and can be effective in reducing this tragedy", Shuchat said. The most common method, regardless of whether a mental health disorder had been diagnosed, was firearms. "We don't think we can just leave this to the mental health system to manage".

The CDC report recommends increased cooperation and communication between government and the private sector. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death.

KTVU spoke with Courtney Brown from San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center to ask her more about the CDC study.

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