It shows the growing severity of the issue

Florence Lopez
June 8, 2018

They said news reporting in graphic detail about celebrity suicides was another contributor. The increases were particularly stark in the states in the intermountain West, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota and Oklahoma. In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.

SC accounted for one of the few states were it rose dramatically, increasing 38.3 percent, according to CDC statistics.

More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use and financial crises.

Every day, 123 Americans commit suicide.

With tens of thousands of people ending their own lives each year, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. overall, and second most common way that those between 10 and 34 die.

Suicide rates rose in almost every US state from 1999 to 2016, with the rate spiking by more than 30 percent in half of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday.

Access to guns can make it more likely that an impulsive or intoxicated person will attempt suicide even if he or she has no clear mental health problem, Dr. Brent added. Now this new report from CDC shows the suicide rate across the country is on the rise. And for those who did, "circumstances such as relationship problems, job/financial or physical health problems. contributed to their suicide", the report said.

But Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said that statistic must be viewed in context. The increase was higher for white males than any other race or gender group, however.

Shuchat says, "We do see increases in suicides associated with economic downturns and it can take a long time for the recovery to kick in". The more firearm-saturated population experienced about twice as many suicide deaths overall.

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To the knowledge of her family and investigators, Spade did not have a previously diagnosed mental health condition, though her sister Reta Saffro has said she suspected that Spade had begun drinking heavily as a way to cope.

New York City's Medical Examiner ruled fashion designer icon Kate Spade's death a suicide by hanging.

In light of its findings, the CDC has also released an accompanying 'technical package, ' which details the agency's recommenced policies and programs.

Brown reminds you don't need to be suicidal yourself to call a prevention hotline.

Accomplishing this, according to the CDC, has to be accomplished by work in a number of avenues. "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".

The report also studied the reasons surrounding suicides.

Firearms were the most commonly reported method of suicides (48.5%), though decedents with known mental health conditions were less likely to die by firearm (40.6%) and more likely to use strangulation (31.3%) or poisoning (19.8%) than those without (26.9% and 10.4%, respectively).

Brown said warning signs can include something as simple as talkative people becoming more quiet or the opposite- those who are normally quiet becoming more verbal; or letting their hygiene go as well as verbal cues.

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