It shows the growing severity of the issue


A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday said between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates rose across the United States.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans, and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, said in a statement. In 2010, there were 606.

Both states easily exceeded the nation as a whole, with the overall US suicide rate rising 25.4 percent.

In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide. It's widespread across the country, impacting every single age group and demographic in America.

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.

Of those with no diagnosed mental health conditions, men are more likely to commit suicide and do so with firearms. The increase was higher for white males than any other race or gender group, however. The areas, called frontier counties, had a suicide rate of 25.9 per 100,000 people, compared to a rate of 17.8 among all counties. The most common method, regardless of whether a mental health disorder had been diagnosed, was firearms.

Rates of suicide increased by more than 30 percent in half of states in the U.S. - only decreasing in Nevada. The CDC has calculated that suicides from opioid overdoses almost doubled between 1999 and 2014, and data from a 2014 national survey showed that individuals addicted to prescription opioids had a 40 percent to 60 percent higher risk of suicidal ideation.

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A number of states have adopted so-called red flag laws that allow courts and the police to temporarily remove guns from individuals who may be a threat to themselves. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015. The latest data at that time showed about 30,000 suicides a year.

"I hope people pay attention to those around them", Birndorf said.

The report said people without known mental health problems were more likely to die by firearms than those with known mental health problems. "Our findings show that these laws are associated with reduced gun suicide rates".

The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.

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. Because anybody can experience those stresses.

'Conditions like postpartum depression and menopause [may put some women at a higher risk], and, for women in general, stereotypes of being the ideal mom and employee, the stigma associated with a need to "balance" all of that can cause pressure as well, ' said Dr Ali. "If you could make it harder to make that attempt by not having access to the means, often what happens is the feelings will pass, it gives people time for someone to intervene and get them help, so that is a really important preventative step that can be done".