The suicide rate is the highest in decades, the latest warning sign of a public health deterioration in America that requires far more attention.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,000 Americans died in 2017 due to suicide. In other words, the suicide rate was 14 people per 100,000 – up 33 percent from 10.5 people per 100,000 in 1999.
According to AP, the suicide rate is 50 years. The new data show that there were more deaths in 2000 than in 2016, when suicide was the second most common cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1
The increase is partly responsible for a further decline in life expectancy this year. According to the report, Americans now live on average just over 78 years and an average of six months. Average life expectancy has fallen every year since 2016.
Suicide is on the increase, but that does not mean that it is a common event. Since we are very sensitive to information about what is normal, it is important to note: Although suicide is the 10th cause of death, it is still rare and should be less common.
Little is known about the rise in suicides However, the findings of the CDC study said that they are not necessarily related to mental health: More than half of the people who died in suicide in 2016 had no mental problems. Instead, Julia Belluz of Vox reported this summer after the death of beloved chef and author Anthony Bourdain, researchers have found that the majority of suicides are related to relationship issues, substance use, health, jobs, or finances.
This goes hand in hand with the other reason why life expectancy is falling: an increase in drug overdoses. There were more than 70,000 overdose deaths in 2017 – the highest number of drug overdose deaths in a year in US history. Along with suicide and drug abuse overdoses, the mortality rate has increased, especially among middle-and middle-class Americans, which can not be ignored, as Belluz notes:
Researchers have explained the decline in part with an increase In "Deaths of Despair "Suicides, alcoholism and drug overdoses, especially opioid analgesics, are a growing problem for middle-aged whites."
Experts say suicide is largely preventable. For example, research has shown that states with higher arms possessions numbers also have higher suicide rates, suggesting that stricter gun laws could lower suicide rates. The CDC also suggested that an emphasis on housing and fiscal policies and "promoting social connectivity" could prevent suicide.
"We need to ensure that suicide prevention is tackled to the same extent and with the same strength with which we speak other public health issues in this country," said Bob Turner of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention to USA Today. If not, "the number of people who have died from suicide or have suicidal thoughts is increasing."
Suicide is a frustrating, stubborn tragedy that is becoming more common. But it is a trend that can be changed. It is increasingly important to recognize the warning signs and to be aware of the general risk factors, such as family suicide, past psychological problems, recent casualties or personal difficulties. That's how you can help.