Suicide rates increased by about 25 percent across the United States since 1999, with about 45,000 people dying from suicides in 2016 alone, according to research by the US government.
The US suicide rate increased in every state between 1999 and 2016 and firearms were the most common method used by people to take their own lives, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
All states experienced an increase in suicides and 25 states saw a rise of 30 percent, the CDC found.
More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.
“These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US right now, and it’s one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem — and something that is all around us,” Schuchat…