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Suicide Rates Have Risen Sharply Across The U.S.

New data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide rates have risen steadily in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 to 2016. In 2016, 45,000 people took their own lives, an increase on 2015’s 44,193. Suicide rates went up more than 30 percent in half of the country’s states since 1999 with North Dakota (57.6 percent), Vermont (48.6 percent) and New Hampshire (48.3 percent) recording the highest percentage increases up to 2016.

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Suicide – Statistics & Facts

Suicide is the act of a person intentionally causing their own death. Suicide is a major public health problem in many countries and is often connected to depression, mental disorders or substance abuse. In the United States, suicide was one of the most frequent causes of death in 2015.
Since the 1950s, the death rate from suicide has only slightly decreased, in fact, it increased again after a slight dip in the early Noughties. The major cause of death in the United States is heart disease.
A big gender difference exists in regards to suicide in the United States. According to gender-based suicide statistics by the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is much more common among men in the United States. In every age group, the male suicide rate is considerably higher than the female rate and overall almost four times as many men as women die as a result of suicide.
Leaving gender aside, the data shows that suicide is a problem across all age groups. In 2015, there were 19.6 deaths by suicide per 100,000 U.S. Americans aged between 45 and 64 years. Thus, this was the group with the third highest suicide rate.
It has been found that the death rate for suicide in the U.S. for males has remained higher than that of females from 1950 to 2015.
The highest suicide rate lies with people between 45 and 64 and is reported to be at more than 19 deaths per 100,000 people in that age group in 2015, again, a slight increase from the previous year.



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