US Suicide Rates Climb, Especially Among Women

Posted: Apr 23 2016, 10:09am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 23 2016, 10:52pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


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  • Suicide Rates Climb for US citizens over the Past 15 Years

CDC research results indicate that the rate of suicide has increased among men and women in the past fifteen years.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in which it was proven according to an analysis that the suicide rate in the U.S. has seen an increase in the past fifteen years. The report was based on a 15 year analysis which has been recording the suicide rates.

National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC has evaluated that suicide rates have been rising approximately 1 to 2 percent every year from 1999 to 2014. According to these statistics, suicide rate have went up 24 percent between 1999 and 2014.

This is an increase from 10.5 per 100,000 people to 13 per 1000,000 people, according to the CDC. The rise is a marked change from the previous decade when the suicide rates were going down.

Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at National Institute of Mental Health told ABC News that the cause of the suicide is yet to be determined but it is concerning. The results indicated that both men and women suicide rates had risen.

Both groups were studied for people under the age of 75. For middle-aged women between the ages of 45 to 64, suicide rate has increased greatly, rising from 6 suicides per 100,000 women in 1999 to 9.8 per 100,000 which is a 63 percent increase. 

Middle-aged men between the ages of 45 to 64 also saw a greatest rise in suicide rates. For men, suicide rates were highest for those over 75, with approximately 38 suicides reported for every 100,000 men in 2014, which saw a 43 percent increase, from 20.8 suicides per 100,000 men in 1999 to 29.7 suicides per 100,000 men in 2014. 

Dr. Russell Rothman, a primary care physician and assistant vice chancellor for population health research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, elaborated that the increasing suicide rates are indicative of the socio-cultural-economic pressures which have caused mental stress and implications eventually leading to suicide. The researchers hope to find out the cause of the increase in suicide rates. 

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