CDC report reveals more than 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016

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Twenty-five states saw percentage rate increases of more than 30 percent over the 17 years.

The CDC reports a almost 30 percent rise in suicides across the country since 1999.

The Minnesota Health Department has increased efforts to identify at-risk communities to help reduce suicides.

"We saw higher increases among middle-aged people, but we did see increases in younger people and older people - essentially every age group other than those over age 75 saw increasing rates of suicide during this time period", Schuchat said.

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.

Experts say the recession, housing stress, relationship problems and substance abuse are all contributing factors.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released staggering data comparing the suicide rate in the United States in 1999-2000 to 2015-2016. Montana recorded the highest rate of 29.2 suicides per 100,000, and Washington, D.C., the lowest, at 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people. A 2017 study in the journal Social Science and Medicine showed evidence that a rise in the foreclosure rate during that concussive downturn was associated with an overall, though marginal, increase in suicide rates. With considerations to gender, significant suicide rate increases were observed among males and females in 34 and 43 states, respectively.

Preventing suicide requires help from all sectors of society, the researchers said. 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 reason most suicide decedents don't have a known mental disorder is that they were never diagnosed, not that they didn't have one", said Dr. David Brent, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. The others are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses.

A 2017 Kansas report on suicide prevention from the Governor's Behavioral Health Services Planning Council listed promoting funding opportunities for suicide prevention among its recommendations.

"In addition to making sure Missouri's farmers and ranchers have a strong safety net and access to trade, we need to ensure they have access to the mental health resources that are often lacking in rural areas", McCaskill said in a statement. "But these issues were [found] in all, with or without a mental health condition".

Vermont also has a high rate of binge drinking, and evidence suggests that people who drink too much are at higher risk of suicide. "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. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed". Be there with them, and listen to them. 4. The CDC said firearms are the most common methods of suicide. 3. 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. Follow up to see how they're doing.

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