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Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in these states, along with Vermont, New Hampshire and SC, rose 38 percent to 58 percent.

Staley said although he wasn't surprised by the numbers in the new CDC report, suicide death rates appear to have held steady in most recent years.

Since 1999, suicide rates have soared 25 percent in the United States. Those who misuse opioids on a weekly basis attempt suicide at a rate of 200 percent more than others.

The increases range from six percent in DE to 58 percent in North Dakota.

The CDC said the analysis was meant to help identify ways to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20% by 2025, a goal established by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2015, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"These findings are disturbing". Utah continues to have one of the nation's highest rates for such deaths. Noting that suicide is "very rare" among those with chronic depression, Stone said friends, families and co-workers should not overlook the risk of self-harm among people who have never been diagnosed with mental illness.

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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

Among the report's findings was that almost half of people who took their own lives used a gun. Other issues, including relationship problems, substance abuse, physical health problems, job- or money-related stress, legal or housing problems often contributed to risk for suicide, the report found.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org. Those uncomfortable speaking on the phone can also opt to text the Crisis Text Line by texting the word NAMI to 741-741.

Ask someone you're anxious about if they're thinking about suicide.

"This innovative pilot programme tailors treatments to the specific needs of individuals and helps bolster our efforts to get people the support they need and keep New Yorkers safe", he said.

"It really personalizes these losses", said Suicide Prevention Consultant for Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health Noah Whitaker.