The Growing Problem of Suicide in America

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal a startling statistic about suicide in the United States. Since 1999, deaths by suicide have increased by approximately 30%. Further, suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the CDC. The CDC report also found that many decedents did not have a known mental health condition.

Common triggering events include relationship problems, physical ailments, financial stress, housing or employment loss. Substance abuse was also a common occurrence in those who died by suicide. States and communities can take action to help address this growing problem and identify people who are at risk. To read the Vital Signs report, visit the CDC Vital Signs website.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That number is 1-800-273-8255.