CDC report reveals more than 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016

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The CDC says that more than 45,000 Americans age 10 and older dying by suicide in 2016.

The CDC reports that about 45,000 people committed suicide in 2016 and that overall, rates were up more than 30 percent in at least 25 states when compared to 1999's figures.

Suicide rates have increased in almost every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.

The report says that in 27 states, 54 percent of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition - however, they note that individuals may have had mental health problems that were never diagnosed.

Life stressors like relationship problems, substance abuse and problems with physical health conditions were also prominent factors in suicides, the CDC's data showed.

Thomas Delaney, a faculty member at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine who studies suicide, said Thursday that several aspects of Vermont life have been linked to higher rates of suicide. California had an increase of 14.8 percent - the fifth-smallest, after Delaware, Maryland, Florida and North Carolina.

Researchers say the nation's suicide rate is lowest in Washington D.C. and highest in Montana.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said Monday that she is supporting federal legislation to provide funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish help lines and provide suicide prevention training for farm advocates.

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Trends in suicides in many ways follow trends in mental health, yet more than half of suicide victims in 2016 had no known mental illness diagnosis at the time of their deaths.

"The shocking statistic is to see Oklahoma's rate has changed so significantly", said Julie Summers, Mental Health Association Oklahoma's director of outreach and prevention.

While the study emphasizes the need for more prevention resources, predicting suicides can be hard. You can find them here. "So, when you put those things together, it can be hard to find help even when you want it", Trisha Kajimura, Mental Health America of Hawai'i Executive Director, said. Suicide, Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses are three leading causes of deaths with growing prevalence.

"People who attempt suicide are often acutely distressed or in crisis at that particular moment".

"Too many Kansans are lost to suicide each year", KDADS Secretary Tim Keck said. "They might actually bring up specifically that they're thinking of suicide".

The report also cites the need to reduce "access to lethal means" but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. That indicates a large portion weren't diagnosed, "which suggests to me that they're not getting the help they need", he said. Telling someone you care and want to help is always a good idea, and so is letting them do most of the talking about how they're feeling, without judging, shaming, or threatening. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). However, teens who aren't likely to reach out could be internalizing what they see.

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