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The US suicide rate has increased 30% since 2000 — and it tripled for young girls


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The suicide rate in the US jumped 30% from 2000 to 2016, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rise was especially large among young girls from 10 to 14, but it went up for females in every age group and for all men under 75.

The suicide rate among females increased 50%, while the rate for males increased 21%.

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for all Americans from ages 10 to 34.

The suicide deaths of designer Kate Spade and globe-trotting chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain last week are tragic reminders of a troubling trend unfolding across the US.

More Americans of all stripes are committing suicide every year, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. New data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reveals that between 2000 and 2016, the suicide rate rose by 30% across the US.

“Among women, the rate has increased 50%. For men, it’s close to 40%,” public health physician Holly Hedegaard from the National Center for Health Statistics told Business Insider. “That’s some pretty big change in a pretty short period of time.”

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for all Americans from 10 to 34 years old.

“Historically we know that women tend to attempt more suicide, where men were more tending to complete suicide,” psychiatry and gynecology professor Natalie Rasgon, who directs the Stanford Center for Neuroscience in Women’s Health, told Business Insider. “The fact that we have now such a profound, steady increase in the accomplished suicide rate among women is very disturbing.”

What the CDC data shows

According to the CDC, the suicide rate increased by about 1% every year from 2000 to 2016, then doubled to 2% increases every year from 2006 to 2016.

The highest female suicide rate in 2016 was in women from ages 25 to 64.

“These are women in their prime years,” Rasgon said. “At that time, women should be forward thinking and hopeful.”

The suicide rate among young teen girls is now nearly triple what it was in 2000. Some experts worry that young teens are especially susceptible to suicide contagion, a controversial phenomenon in which news of one suicide may prompt more deaths.

Men’s suicide rates are still higher than women’s overall, however, and there’s been a troublingly steep increase in suicides of men from age 45 to 64 as well. The only age group that didn’t experience a rise in suicide rates from 2000-2016 was men over 75 years old, who already had the highest suicide rate of all.

The US is having a mental health crisis

The reasons why suicide rates are climbing may be as complex as the solutions. Some experts believe that the trend might be partly linked to the economic recession. But US suicide rates have risen among nearly every age group of men and women, from 10 year olds on up.

Most experts agree that a …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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