A report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has found that, between 1999 and 2014, suicide rates for pretty much every demographic in the United States have been on the rise, with black men being the exception. The study looked at statistics for deaths considered to be suicides for people from the ages of 10 to 74, according to CNN.
Overall, suicide rates in the U.S. are their highest in 30 years.
To serve as an example for the concerning rise, 13 people out of every 100,000 people – the CDC’s preferred unit of measurement – took their own lives in 2014, compared to 10.5 per 100,000 in 1999. From 1994 to 1999, the percentage increase for total suicides increased by 1% on an annual basis. But every following year, there was a 2% increase.
“Our nation has not made the level of investment on a federal level that can have the positive effect on suicide that has happened for the other leading causes of death,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
However, the largest percentage increase over the tested time period was among women, which saw a 45% increase. But, to avoid any risk of sensationalizing, it should be stated that the total number of women committing suicide in that time frame is still relatively low in comparison to men, at 5.8 people per 100,000 compared to men’s 20.7.
Many factors are suspected to have played a role in the increase, including the growing use of antidepressants and the concern that they sometimes lead to even deeper depression. The statistical incline being across the board admittedly makes suicide prevention more difficult. Instead of being able to focus on one or two groups that need immediate attention, an overreaching strategy must take place.
Remember, if you or anyone of you know may be in danger of attempting suicide, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline or another organization that could help immediately.
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