US Suicide Rate Surges 30% Since 1999

Following the deaths of famous chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain  and designer Kate Spade this week, many Americans probably intuitively believe that rates of suicide are increasing. And as it turns out, rates of suicide have climbed by 30% since 1999, with sizable gains seen across age groups and sexes. Furthermore, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only about half of people who commit suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition like depression - even though depression was once believed to be the primary cause, NBC News reports.

The CDC also notes that relationship stress, financial troubles, substance abuse and other issues contribute to the trends.

"From 1999 to 2015, suicide rates increased among both sexes, all racial/ethnic groups, and all urbanization levels," the CDC researchers wrote in their report.

As NBC News points out, the high-profile suicides of Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade and other middle-aged men and women have prompted many to wonder if their age group is at higher risk for suicide. The simple answer is yes.

"Middle-aged adults had the largest number of suicides and a particularly high increase in suicide rates. These findings are disturbing," said CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat.

Interestingly enough, the only age group that is exempt are people over the age of 75. Across the US, nearly 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016. Meanwhile, suicide rates have increased in every state since 1999, with the exception of Nevada, which already had one of the highest rates in the country. Western and Midwestern states like Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas and Oklahoma saw some of the biggest increases in suicide rates.

Firearms were the most common killing method, used in nearly half of all suicides, and in 55% of suicides where there was no mental health condition diagnosed. Where it could, the CDC dug further to find more data on suicides. Here's what they found.

  • 42% had a relationship problem

  • 28% had substance abuse issues

  • 16% had job or financial problems

  • 29% had some kind of crisis

  • 22% had a physical health issue

  • 9% had a criminal legal problem

Infographic: Suicide Rates Have Risen Sharply Across The U.S.  | Statista

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The problem, doctors say, is that finding mental health treatment for people can be difficult even for those with health insurance. Even for those who can afford treatment, it can be difficult to find the correct approach. Researchers noted that suicides saw the largest increases during economic downturns.

"I have been learning as a nation we have seen increases and decreases over time in suicide," said CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat. "Increases mostly seem to correlate with economic downturns." The fact that the economic downturn hit rural states the hardest - and that's where the biggest increases in suicide rates were found - is hardly a coincidence. The social media era - where people do most of their interacting online - is also leading to an increase in isolation that could be playing into rising suicide rates.


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Billy the Poet IRC162 Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:02 Permalink

Beware the unintended consequences. A shooter usually kills only him or herself. If they switch to other methods they could endanger the lives of others.


That same study noted that the percentage of vehicular fatalities that are actually suicides could be anywhere from 1.6 to 5 percent, with the precise number impossible to calculate because “a significant albeit unknown proportion of vehicular deaths classified as accidents are in fact suicides.”

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SgtShaftoe Oh regional Indian Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:30 Permalink

I'm not advocating it, but I wonder why taking these will land you in prison, and the medication you get from a man/lady in a white coat and a M.D. after their name are impossible to quit, and have a better than average chance of making you want to commit suicide? It's like it's by design or something...

A clinical psychologist from Imperial College describes how Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin), when used in a therapeutic setting, have been found to be a very effective treatment for depression. In this talk she draws on her experiences as working as a therapist on the groundbreaking Psilocybin for Depression study, and introduces us to some of the patients and their stories of transformation. Dr Rosalind Watts completed her clinical psychology training at University College London. After six years of practicing psychotherapy in the NHS, she joined a clinical trial at Imperial College, investigating psilocybin (magic mushrooms) as a treatment for depression. Her research explores patients' positive views of this intriguing therapy.

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stacking12321 SgtShaftoe Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:52 Permalink

why aren't you advocating it?

i know i am.

psylocibin, LSD, peyote, ayahuasca, and other psychedelics can be very beneficial and enlightening.

they can help you see your life more clearly and deal with current issues and past traumas, and have been found successful in clinical settings for treating depression, alcoholism, and a number of other problems.

honestly, they are not for everyone, though - unstable and manic people should stay away unless under close supervision; and the set and setting in which they are taken will greatly influence your experience.


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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 90's Child Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:13 Permalink

I like my one cup of coffee in the morning. It makes me happy. Yes, I add in organic chocolate and organic half-and-half. Yes, it's organic coffee, too. I make it at home with filtered water, freshly boiled. Takes me about 3 mintues. I can't imagine anyone thinking that something like coffee is bad.

Mormons are cheap. And control freaks. That about sums them up.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 SgtShaftoe Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:03 Permalink

I don't like Mormons. Praying for the dead around a white basin held up by four Bulls? Yikes! Same for not allowing visitors to their church (I have visited numbers of churches around the world and was never turned away until landing in Utah and they send you to that weird fucking visitors center). Weird cult! They don't like big weddings, they don't have public services, too much weirdness for me to ever think of Mormons as anything but a cult. Throw in the magic underwear, the gay men that are married and on the down low (Glenn Beck comes to mind) and it is a complete freak show, IMHO. Oh and I want to see those golden tablets! Throw in the ideas about a planet and ETs and Mormons have a real woo-woo cult going full throttle. Don't get me started on the pairs of guys in black suits that are forced to knock on strangers doors, for two years. Supposedly they do have female missionaries, but I have't ever seen any.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Billy the Poet Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:50 Permalink

Yep, probably. Sometimes I have two cups. I can't stand brewed coffee. Lordy, dude, your taste buds have to be destroyed if you are drinking that much coffee after it has been sitting! I no longer drink brewed coffee (I prefer instant) and even when I did make brewed coffee I made one cup at a time. The bitterness of coffee that sits is horrible. I finally quit making it a few years ago when I realized I hated the taste. I woke up one morning and hated the taste and quit making the stuff.

I found an affordable instant coffee that is organic and make my own special brew, every morning. It works for me. Not saying you have to drink it, but I don't get the relationship between what I eat or drink and my relationship with God. I am a Christian. Not a good one, but I try. As for coffee? Meh. There are worse things in life. And if you like chugging down big pots of the stuff? Go for it. I'm not stopping you! Cheers!

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Twee Surgeon 90's Child Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:24 Permalink

Picking out the Mormons on your measure strikes me as Bizarre. A lot of Mormons like a Beer and I know they have some that smoke a bit of weed. I'm not a Mormon at all but for cryin out-loud.,they are just humans. There is no such thing as a Religion where Everyone does as they are supposed to do in the Brochure. The Freedom of belief in the USA is of significant importance and I expect you believe in Nothing at all. Alcohol, is it really an Indulgence ? Jesus Christs first miracle was to turn Water in to Wine at a Wedding (at the garden of Gethsemane if If I remember correctly.) Christianity has never had an Alcohol prohibition in it, just an advisory warning to not engage in Strong Drink too much. I'm not sure about  Marijuana but we have an Epileptic friend who says it works for him. It's very easy to judge people knowing half of the real story and not the rest. Most of the Mormons I have known have their shit together in a major large way. Chat about devout Muslims in a London disco or some-shit, snorting Coke and Bacon off a strippers ass.

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LetThemEatRand Fri, 06/08/2018 - 20:46 Permalink

I'm going to like this article on Facebook, on my way to get my pain pill prescription refilled, which I will pay for out of pocket because of my Obamacare deductible.  Then I'm going to read another chapter of Comey's book after my nightly reading of old Greenspan Fed statements.

Charles Nelson… LetThemEatRand Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:05 Permalink

I get you're being facetious here LTER.  You're not entirely wrong with the overt narcissism our "society" shows regularly.  Especially all these fake and shallow liberal celebs. 

I know you won't agree with this, but take religion out of a culture and people have no issue with killing themselves.  I attend church (catholic) regularly and while I don't push my virtues onto others and think the Catholic Church has become mostly a gang of Marxist PC buffoons, it is clear that when you don't answer to a higher person you only answer to yourself. 

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