Suicide rates escalate by more than 30% in half of America in the past three decades, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new government research is shading light on dramatically rising suicides in the United States as it is the 10th leading cause of death in the country.
CDC in Atlanta prepared to take an inclusive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016 as it’s a major public health concern, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone.
The organization said that only 50% of the people who died with suicide were suffered from a mental health condition, in fact, depression was the reported to be the major cause of suicide. It also noted that other existent factors such as job- or money-related stress, legal or housing problems, relationship stress, and substance abuse were also causing the condition.
The suicide of fashion icon Kate Spade, age 55, who died Thursday called need of preventive methods. The medical examiner confirmed that she suffered from depression and anxiety.
CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D., suggests that if your friend, family member or another person in your life recently faced a major crisis in their business, lost a job, ended a relation, or is having other problem in life, you must look closely at them.
“I have learned that it is important to talk about survivor stories. We know that suicide is preventable,” Schuchat said. “We are in a different era right now, with social media increased and also social isolation is high,” she notes, “We think helping overcome the isolation can improve the connectedness.”
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