It shows the growing severity of the issue

It shows the growing severity of the issue

The Centers 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.

"This is a major public health problem but we know that prevention programs work and can be effective in reducing this tragedy", Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director, told Fox News.

Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They were the source of about half of all suicides, the researchers say, and that percentage has stayed stable over the years.

But "if we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won't make the progress that we need", Schuchat said in news conference today (June 7).

Local suicide prevention experts say suicide rates also tend to be higher on neighbor islands.

The study also comes a day after Netflix announced plans for a third season of its hit series "13 Reasons Why", which focuses on a high schooler's suicide.

The Centers for Disease Control released the latest suicide rates across the United States. "Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the USA right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem - and something that is all around us", Schuchat said.

Firearms were the most common method of suicide for those with and without a diagnosed mental health condition.

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Although suicide is often attributed exclusively to mental health conditions, it is rarely caused by a single factor, the researchers said. Substance abuse was also common among those who died by suicide, particularly among those with a known history of mental health conditions.

Suicides increased in every state except Nevada, which already had a very high suicide rate in 1999. The CDC has calculated that suicides from opioid overdoses almost doubled between 1999 and 2014, and data from a 2014 national survey showed that individuals addicted to prescription opioids had a 40 percent to 60 percent higher risk of suicidal ideation.

Though more than half of people who died of suicide had no diagnosis, only 16 percent of those were women.

A number of states have adopted so-called red flag laws that allow courts and the police to temporarily remove guns from individuals who may be a threat to themselves. In the 27 states that use the National Violent Death Reporting System, 54 percent of suicides were by people without a known mental illness.

Many people who died by suicide, according to the report, had recently experienced hard life events such as relationship problems, physical ailments, financial stress and job or home loss.

"Our data show that the problem is getting worse", Schuchat said. "What are we doing as a nation to help people to manage these things?" "We can see suicide rates improve slower than the economy".

'Conditions like postpartum depression and menopause [may put some women at a higher risk], and, for women in general, stereotypes of being the flawless mom and employee, the stigma associated with a need to "balance" all of that can cause pressure as well, ' said Dr Ali. If you suspect someone of needing immediate help, call 911.

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