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

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"Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the USA right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem - and something that is all around us", Schuchat said.

The rate was the highest in Montana with an increase of 38 percent between 1999 and 2016.

Across the board in the USA, suicide rates were up 25.4 percent in that 17-year period.

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans - and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", Schuchat said.

A range of strategies could help prevent suicides, from expanding access to mental and behavioral health care to improving education around individual coping skills and institutional supports, the report says. Middle-aged adults - ages 45 to 64 - had the largest rate increase, rising to 19.2 per 100,000 in 2016 from 13.2 per 100,000 in 1999.

Among those who committed suicide and who had known mental health conditions, 67.2% had a history of treatment for mental health or substance abuse conditions, and 54 percent were in treatment at the time of their suicide.

A graphic released by the Centers for Disease Control in June 2018 shows rising suicide rates across the US between 1999 and 2016. DE had the lowest increase at 5.9 percent. A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared states with the lowest household gun ownership rates (15 percent) to those with the highest (47 percent).

Schuchat said that suicide is a national issue, and that no one community is immune.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said Monday that she is supporting federal legislation to provide funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish help lines and provide suicide prevention training for farm advocates.

Only about half of those people had a diagnosed mental health condition.

If you believe a loved one is considering suicide, do not leave him or her alone and try to get the person to seek help from a doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department or dial 911.

The CDC said suicide could be triggered by a number of factors, not just mental illness. The other two top 10 causes of death that are on the rise are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses, she noted.

"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.

Among decedents aged 18 years or older, 20.1% of those without known mental health conditions and 15.3% of those with had served in the U.S. military. Society must take a closer look at the issue and focus more efforts on suicide prevention, she said.

Vermont also has a high rate of binge drinking, and evidence suggests that people who drink too much are at higher risk of suicide.

This report contains information from the Associated Press. "We think that a comprehensive approach to suicide is what's needed". Keep them safe, and possibly remove items that can harm them. Listen to what they need. 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. However, teens who aren't likely to reach out could be internalizing what they see.

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