CDC: Suicide Rates Increased 24% Since ’99

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last week examining the 24 percent increase in suicides from 1999 to 2014 in the U.S. Please take a look.

In February, I shared about my battle with adolescent depression and suicidal ideation. If you or your child is suffering, please seek help.

For an interesting program about the new study, check out the first hour of today’s Diane Rehm Show.  Click read more for a few of the CDC’s key findings.

Key Findings:

  • “From 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24%, from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 population, with the pace of increase greater after 2006.”
  • “Suicide rates increased from 1999 through 2014 for both males and females and for all ages 10–74.”
  • “The percent increase in suicide rates for females was greatest for those aged 10–14, and for males, those aged 45–64.”
  • “The most frequent suicide method in 2014 for males involved the use of firearms (55.4%), while poisoning was the most frequent method for females (34.1%).” — Source: CDC


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