Data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that suicide rates are rising in almost every state in the nation, with 25 states reporting increases of more than 30 percent.
According to the CDC, suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and one of three leading causes that are on the uptick.
Suicide rates rose in nearly all states from 1999 to 2016, with increases ranging from six percent in Delaware to 57 percent in North Dakota, The Hill reported.
“Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans – and it’s a tragedy for families and communities across the country,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. “From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide.”
In 2016, almost 45,000 Americans age 10 or older committed suicide, according to CDC data.
Life stresses appeared to contribute to most suicides, with research revealing that a diagnosed mental health condition was not present at the time of death in more than half of those who committed suicide.
The report noted, “Relationship problems or loss; substance misuse; physical health problems; and job, money, legal or housing stress often contributed to risk for suicide.”