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Suicide rising across the US

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016.

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Nearly 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016
Nearly 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016.

Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states since 1999.
Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states since 1999.

More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

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  • Page last reviewed: June 7, 2018
  • Page last updated: June 7, 2018
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