Suicide rates sharply increased across the country, CDC report says


On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control released a report that shows suicide rates have risen sharply in the United States.

The numbers shed light on just how bad the problem is, and how many loved ones were left blindsided.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates increased more than 25%, across age, gender, race and ethnicity.

The CDC say the latest numbers show 45,000 people in America took their own lives in 2016, which was more than double the number of homicides that same year.

Perhaps even more startling, in more than half of those suicide deaths, the people had no known mental health condition.

Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in our country, with only one state, Nevada, seeing a slight decrease in the number of suicides, and even then, just a 1-percent drop.

Mental health experts with the CDC say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. Changes in a job, relationship, health and money stress are just some of the things that can contribute to someone taking their life.

So they say the most important thing to do, is know the warning signs, and help someone get the help they need.

Letting someone know they are cared for, remembered and repeatedly checked up on can mean the difference between life and death.

If you or a loved one are struggling, visit, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Video report by WFMZ's Joy Howe