Amid the shocking suicides of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain, the CDC has released a report revealing suicide rates are up across the country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999. In the report, published Thursday, every state saw a rise in suicide numbers except for Nevada — though Nevada is known for consistently having one of the highest suicide rates in the U.S.
The study revealed nearly 45,000 people died of suicide in 2016. What’s more, over half of the people who died did not have any known mental health conditions.
In 2016, 76.8 percent of people who committed suicide were male and of men 83.6 percent were non-Hispanic whites, reported the CDC.
Although suicide rates or thoughts of suicide are seemingly rising among the youth, the greatest number of suicides, according to the report, occurred among middle-aged Americans.
"We're seeing middle-aged adults have higher rates of overdoses and these so-called deaths of despair... it's hard to say [why suicide rates have increased], but I can say that increases in suicide tend to correlate with economic downturn. But there are probably many other factors," CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat told NBC News.
The report found that some of the leading causes of suicide included: relationship issues, substance abuse, job struggles, physical health, and past or upcoming moments of crisis.
While the federal government is working to implement suicide prevention strategies, there are also ways the average person can intervene with someone contemplating suicide.
If you notice someone who may be suffering from depression or thoughts of suicide, you can:
-Ask someone you are worried about if they’re thinking about suicide.
-Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal means for those at risk.
-Be there with them. Listen to what they need.
-Help them connect with ongoing support like the Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
-Follow up to see how they’re doing.
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