CDC Data Shows Suicide Rates Increased In 44 States

Sunday, October 7, 2018

In June 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data from 27 states by the National Violent Death Reporting System.

This data is gathered from death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports and law enforcement reports.

During 1999-2016, suicide rates increased significantly in 44 states with 25 states experiencing increases of greater than 30 percent. Adults aged 45-64 had the largest absolute rate increase from 13.2 per 100,000 persons in 1999 to 19.2 per 100,000 in 2016 and the greatest number of suicides (232,108) during the same period.

Relationship, substance use, health and job or financial problems were among the circumstances contributing to this increase in suicides nationally.

Firearms were the most common method of suicide overall (48.5%) Fifty-four percent of decedents did not have a known mental condition.