While the CDC report notes that guns are the most common method for these suicides - accounting for about half of all cases - it fails to underscore the extent to which these alarming rates may be attributable to the country's utter saturation with civilian firearms.
More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners' reports suggest numerous deaths followed relationship problems, substance use and financial crises. The report says that substance abuse, financial stress, and relationship problems or loss all contribute to suicide risk. Those with known mental health conditions were mostly men, but they were less likely to use firearms.
The CDC is hoping future research delves into the specific causes of suicide trends, as NVDRS was capable of providing significant insight into decedent characteristics in more than half of the states. But researchers can not say what percentage of those had severe pain as their main problem. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta chose to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.
CDC officials noted numerous factors may prompt someone to commit suicide, not just mental health issues.
Vermont is home to a high proportion of white people, and whites as a group have higher suicide rates than ethnic groups.
But the report found that many people who committed suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental illness.
Suicide prevention strategiesThe report calls on state and local communities, health care providers, and individuals to take steps to prevent suicide.
"A big problem that has not yet been addressed in practice is that we continue to rely nearly entirely on people themselves to proactively tell us if they are suicidal", said Matthew Nock, a professor of psychology at Harvard University.
"When you look at suicides, people who attempt suicide if they use a firearm are 80 percent likely to succeed", Bollier said. Historically, the suicide rate tracks with recessions, rising when times are bad and falling when they're better. Rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 in the District of Columbia to 29.2 per 100,000 in Montana.
"The reason most suicide decedents don't have a known mental disorder is that they were never diagnosed, not that they didn't have one", said Dr. David Brent, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburg. Ask them if they are thinking about suicide 2.
'Conditions like postpartum depression and menopause [may put some women at a higher risk], and, for women in general, stereotypes of being the ideal mom and employee, the stigma associated with a need to "balance" all of that can cause pressure as well, ' said Dr Ali.
For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.