Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and just one of three leading causes of death that's on the rise, according to the CDC. Suicide rates rose in 49 states between 1999 and 2016 across all age groups, ethnicities, gender and race.
"We saw higher increases among middle-aged people, but we did see increases in younger people and older people - essentially every age group other than those over age 75 saw increasing rates of suicide during this time period", Schuchat said.
In 2016, 745 suicides were reported in Minnesota.
CDC researchers also found that nationwide more than half of those who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition. However, the fact that so many other factors appeared to contribute to suicide is an important finding.
The data also shows that about 22%-24% of people who died by suicide, regardless of whether or not they had a diagnosed mental health condition, disclosed their intent at some point, underscoring the importance of taking such comments seriously. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed". In 1999, then-Surgeon General David Satcher issued a report on the state of mental health in the country and called suicide "a significant public health problem".
In 2016 alone, there were nearly 45,000 deaths from suicide. "Over time, I figured out and learned through trial and error what worked for me to get past that feeling", said Mike Bushman of Naperville.
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John Madigan, vice president of public policy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said the rising suicide rate is a complex phenomenon and that it is hard to pinpoint a reason despite all of the resources available.
New figures show Minnesota's suicide rate has jumped in recent years.
Still, Schuchat stressed that better recognition of mental health conditions and improved access to mental health care remain important in preventing suicides. The most recent rates, for the years 2014 to 2016, ranged from a low of 6.9 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to a high of 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana. "The widespread nature of the increase, in every state but one, really suggests that this is a national problem hitting most communities". Wisconsin and IL saw an increase from 19 to 30 percent. Nevada was the only state to see a decrease.
"This is essentially a problem everywhere-a problem that's getting worse", says Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of CDC.
The Minnesota Health Department has increased efforts to identify at-risk communities to help reduce suicides.
CDC also found that access to medications and weapons influenced the upward trend in suicides. It's important to do not forget to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themsevles.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to talk anonymously with a counselor: 800-273-TALK (8255).