The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed fresh state-by-state statistics on suicide rates on Thursday showing that more Americans in every age group, from 10 to 75, are committing suicide.
- New figures show Minnesota's suicide rate has jumped in recent years.
Locally, suicide rates in MA rose 35.3 percent between the years of 2009 and 2016; in New Hampshire suicides increased a staggering 48.3 percent over those seven years. In Ohio, the rate increased 36%. The increases were particularly stark in the intermountain West, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota and Oklahoma.
"It's a national problem of wide scope that we need comprehensive approaches for", said Anne Schuchat, a CDC deputy director.
The report said people without known mental health problems were more likely to die by firearms than those with known mental health problems.
In an era of cell phones and when suicide prevention is a Google search away, an expert says as connected as we are, we are probably more isolated than we've ever been.
If you have any thoughts of suicide or know of someone who needs help, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
The CDC, the top U.S. public health agency, said individual states need to do more to boost suicide prevention "and address the range of factors contributing to suicide".
"When you talk to them and they seem exhausted", Stamper said.
In all, 25 states saw increases in their suicide rates topping 30 percent. In the one-year analysis of 27 states, opioids were found in 31 percent of the 3,003 suicides involving drug overdoses.
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