Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

It shows the growing severity of the issue


Suicide rates are climbing in almost every demographic, age group and geographic area, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Prevention efforts, often focused on mental health, could be broadened to focus on people undergoing life stresses like job losses or divorces, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a media briefing. "Every step feels like it's an uphill stretch, but you just keep going and keep going and eventually you get to that summit, and the view when you get there is just spectacular", he said. That continues a trend that began after 2010 when the number of suicides was 606.

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

But "if we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need", Schuchat said in news conference today (June 7).

About 45,000 people committed suicide in the U.S.in 2016. Among women, 45- to 64-year-olds have the highest rate. "The widespread nature of the increase, in every state but one, really suggests that this is a national problem hitting most communities". Suicide rates rose in 49 states between 1999 and 2016 across all age groups, ethnicities, gender and race. The increase was higher for white males than any other race or gender group, however.

According to the CDC's latest report, suicide rates in Kansas, especially in women, have seen a drastic increase. The CDC said firearms are the most common methods of suicide. 3. That are traumatic for people such as loss of a relationship, death of a loved one, loss of a job, major things that happen in your life that are hard to deal with. 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 timing of the new data is not lost on the Kim Foundation in Omaha.


"I hope people pay attention to those around them", Birndorf said. In that time stretch, guns were used in 53 percent of suicides.

"The data supports what we know about that notion", Gordon said.

Life stressors like relationship problems, substance abuse and problems with physical health conditions were also prominent factors in suicides, the CDC's data showed.

The CDC said "everyone can help prevent suicide" by learning the warning signs, reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, and by contacting the national suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-TALK for help.

Effective strategies, she said, included teaching coping and problem-solving skills to those at risk, establishing more social "connectedness", and safe storage of pills and guns. "What are we doing as a nation to help people to manage these things?" "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed".

'Conditions like postpartum depression and menopause [may put some women at a higher risk], and, for women in general, stereotypes of being the flawless mom and employee, the stigma associated with a need to "balance" all of that can cause pressure as well, ' said Dr Ali. Telling someone you care and want to help is always a good idea, and so is letting them do most of the talking about how they're feeling, without judging, shaming, or threatening.

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