Thursday, 19 July, 2018

It shows the growing severity of the issue

Melissa Porter | 08 June, 2018, 15:39

The report said suicide rate increases ranged from below 6 percent in DE, which had the smallest increase, to a more than 57 percent increase in North Dakota.

Vermont is home to a high proportion of white people, and whites as a group have higher suicide rates than ethnic groups.

"Suicidologists regularly state that suicide is not caused by a single factor; however, suicide prevention is often oriented toward mental health conditions alone with regard to downstream identification of suicidal persons, treatment of mental health conditions, and prevention of reattempts", researchers wrote. A 2017 study in the journal Social Science and Medicine showed evidence that a rise in the foreclosure rate during that concussive downturn was associated with an overall, though marginal, increase in suicide rates.

While the study emphasizes the need for more prevention resources, predicting suicides can be hard. In that time stretch, guns were used in 53 percent of suicides.

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. Those with known mental health conditions were mostly men, but they were less likely to use firearms.

Among decedents aged 18 years or older, 20.1% of those without known mental health conditions and 15.3% of those with had served in the USA military.

Researchers looked at a 16-month time period between January 2015 and April 2016 when there were 61 deaths in New Orleans that were classified as suicides.

Rural areas in Kansas are particularly affected by suicide.

Among the stark numbers in the CDC report was the one signaling a high number of suicides among people without a known mental health condition.

"When you do a psychological autopsy and go and look carefully at medical records and talk to family members of the victims", he said, "90 percent will have evidence of a mental health condition".

The rates of suicide for all states and the District of Columbia were calculated using data from the National Vital Statistics System.

"The data supports what we know about that notion", Gordon said. Men age 35 to 65 are less likely to seek help when in distress. "Every step feels like it's an uphill stretch, but you just keep going and keep going and eventually you get to that summit, and the view when you get there is just spectacular", he said. "Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating", says Stone. But Dr. Schuchat said the decrease was minor for a state with a high suicide rate. Because anybody can experience those stresses. Finding economic circumstances was a major contributing factor, especially during the Great Recession (2008). Experts in the field have speculated the reported rate of 1 in every 400 physicians committing suicide is an underestimate, pointing to differing death classifications in known cases. "We can see suicide rates improve slower than the economy".