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According to the latest data revealed in the report by National Center for Health Statistics, it has been found out that the suicide rate in the United States has gone up by 24% from the year 1999 through 2014.
One of the authors of the report, Sally Curtin said that the report release is unique in a way as it breaks down the categories of suicides committed by different gender and age groups of people. The report shows a surge in suicide cases among all groups. The report also states that the suicide rate in the US had been steady since 1999.
President and CEO of Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, Jeffrey Borenstein said, “It’s a very important report, and the results are very striking. The rate has increased so much since 1999, especially during the second half of that period.”
Borenstein further said there are a lot of people in the US who commit suicide and have psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia.
A behavioral scientists at the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), Kristin Holland said that she believes there are various factors that contribute towards the surge in the suicide rate and mental health is just one of them. She said, “Many people view suicide as a mental health problem, but many people who die of suicide do not have a mental health problem. It’s a public health problem.”
Holland also said that the economic recession of the late 2000s and the increase in substance abuse are also some of the contributing factors that have led to frequent incidents of suicide rates in the US.
The report states that the surge in the suicide rates were higher among females than males, where female suicides registered a 45% increase and male suicides 16%. However, by the year 2014, it was noted that the suicide rate in males increased three times more than that of females.