The big picture: Suicide rates are increasing in almost every state
The tragic losses of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain last week — who both took their own lives — drew attention to the broader problem of rising suicide rates around the country.
The big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Thursday that suicide is the nation's 10th leading cause of death — and the most recent collection of data (2014-2016) shows that suicide rates have increased in almost every state since the turn of the century.
- 25 states saw an increase in suicide by more than 30%.
- The rates of increase largely varied. For example, there was an increase of 6% in Delaware, compared to a 57% increase in North Dakota.
- In 2016, 45,000 Americans 10 years or older committed suicide, according to the CDC.
Be smart: More than half of the people that committed suicide didn't have a diagnosed mental health condition, per the CDC. Many causes of suicide include factors like job, money, or legal stresses, relationship problems, substance abuse, loss, and more.
P.S., via the NYT: If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.