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Suicide rising across the US

More than a mental health concern

Graphic: Suicide rates rose across the US from 1999 to 2016

Suicide rates rose across the US from 1999 to 2016.

Suicide rates rose across the US from 1999 to 2016
State Increase/Decrease Overall Percent Change
US (national) Increase 25.4
AL Increase 21.9
AK Increase 37.4
AZ Increase 17.3
AR Increase 36.8
CA Increase 14.8
CO Increase 34.1
CT Increase 19.2
DE Increase 5.9
DC Increase 16.1
FL Increase 10.6
GA Increase 16.2
HI Increase 18.3
ID Increase 43.2
IL Increase 22.8
IN Increase 31.9
IA Increase 36.2
KS Increase 45.0
KY Increase 36.6
LA Increase 29.3
ME Increase 27.4
MD Increase 8.5
MA Increase 35.3
MI Increase 32.9
MN Increase 40.6
MS Increase 17.8
MO Increase 36.4
MT Increase 38.0
NE Increase 16.2
NV Decrease 1.0
NH Increase 48.3
NJ Increase 19.2
NM Increase 18.3
NY Increase 28.8
NC Increase 12.7
ND Increase 57.6
OH Increase 36.0
OK Increase 37.6
OR Increase 28.2
PA Increase 34.3
RI Increase 34.1
SC Increase 38.3
SD Increase 44.5
TN Increase 24.2
TX Increase 18.9
UT Increase 46.5
VT Increase 48.6
VA Increase 17.4
WA Increase 18.8
WV Increase 37.1
WI Increase 25.8
WY Increase 39.0

 

SOURCE: CDC’s National Vital Statistics System


Graphic: Differences exist among those with and without mental health conditions.

Differences exist among those with and without mental health conditions. People without known mental health conditions were more likely to be male and to die by firearm.

No known mental health conditions.

Sex

Female 16%

Male 84%

Method

Other 8%

Poisoning 10%

Suffocation 27%

Firearm 55%

Known mental health conditions

Sex     

Female 31%

Male 69%

Method

Other 8%

Poisoning 20%

Suffocation 31%

Firearm 41%



Many factors contribute to suicide among those with and without mental health conditions

Relationship problem (42%)

Problematic substance use (28%)

Crisis in the past or upcoming two weeks (29%)

Criminal legal problem (9%)

Physical health problem (22%)

Loss of housing (4%)

Job/Financial problem (16%)

 

Note: Persons who died by suicide may have had multiple circumstances. Data on mental health conditions and other factors are from coroner/medical examiner and law enforcement reports. It is possible that mental health conditions or other circumstances could have been present and not diagnosed, known, or reported.

SOURCE: CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System, data from 27 states participating in 2015.

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