LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WEAU) – In the United States, overall life expectancy has dropped, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The decline is not the cause of some new common diseases rather the cause of something preventive.
"Heart disease and cancer are one and two, which is not unusual, they've been the one and two for a long time, but unintentional injuries are the third I think nationwide, I think of something we've experienced on the ground, I think "said Paula Silha, director of health at La Crosse County.
Accidental deaths from overdoses and suicides.
More than 70,000 people died of overdoses in the US in 201
The suicide rates rose by almost four percent.
"I think it just needs more emphasis on mental health so people are not afraid to talk, they are not afraid to ask for help and I think funding is also an issue," said Theresa Helgeson, a clinical therapist with the Franciscan Healthcare Therapist of the Mayo Clinic Health System.
American life expectancy dropped from 78.7 years to 78.6 years, and even though it is still not a major fall, it can be said that it is a worrying sign.
"Well, I think it's the first time since the 1920s and 30s that life expectancy has dropped, and I think for our kids we want them to be 80, 90, and older, and that's why we want to Be careful, "Silha said.
In a statement, CDC Director Robert Redfield called the report "a wake-up call" that we lose too many Americans too soon and too often.
This is the second year in a row that life expectancy has dropped.
Silha says while she is discouraged, she hopes that mental health efforts and drug abuse in the game are local communities like La Crosse Bring up curve again.