It shows the growing severity of the issue

It shows the growing severity of the issue

Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.

Previous CDC reports have found rate increases of 80 per cent among white, middle aged women since 1999, and of 89 per cent among Native Americans.

In 2016, 45,000 people died by suicide - marking a slight increase over the previous year - a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals.

From 2014 through 2016, Oklahoma's per capita average was 23.5 suicides per 100,000 people, up from 17.0 from 1999 through 2001.

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.

Although there is no single cause for suicide, information from coroners' reports suggests numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use, and financial crises, according to the CDC.

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.

Of those with no diagnosed mental health conditions, men are more likely to commit suicide and do so with firearms. I think a lot of it has to do with the stigma of mental health.

"We know that suicide is a pretty impulsive act", Kurz said, "so if we can buy a little time, that can save lives".

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Middle-age adults are among the hardest hit by suicide, the officials found. While the study did not look at the potential reasons why that might be, Schuchat offered a possible explanation.

Her husband, Andy Spade, said "there was no indication and no warning that she would do this" and that his wife "was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years".

Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for nearly half of the people who died.

"So it's not just about firearms, it's also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like", she said.

Staggering new numbers show suicide is rising in almost every state across the United States.

The report also states suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of the states since 1999. Nevada was the only state to see a decrease.

The CDC recommended a broad approach to suicide prevention, including boosting economic support by states, supporting family and friends after a suicide, and identifying and supporting people at risk for suicide. "From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide".

Physical health problems were present in about a fifth of suicide victims, the CDC found. 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.

For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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