Suicide Rates In US Spur By 33% After 1999

According to findings of a new research, the U.S has witnessed a spur in the suicide rates, which rose 33% from what it was in 1999 to 2017. On the basis of annual research issued by the United States CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) NCHS(National Center for Health Statistics) on June 20, rate of suicide has raised gradually among individuals aged 15–64, from 10.5 for every 100,000 individuals in the year 1999 to 14 for every 100,000 in the year 2017.

According to the report, the suicide rate in America has boomed since WW II. It is reported highest among Alaska Natives or American Indian among all other ethnic groups. The data was collected from the NVSS’ (National Vital Statistics System) death files of 1999–2017. Based on the information extracted from the data, a gradual rise in suicide rate was observed among females of all ethnic and racial groups but Pacific Islander or Asian. Suicide rate among Alaska Native females and American Indians was observed to be highest, at 139%.

Suicide rates showed a significant rise among men from all ethnic and racial groups excluding Pacific Islander or Asian, with Alaska Native males and American Indians showing largest increase, at 71%. According to a CDC report issued in 2018, the U.S saw an increase of 25% in suicide cases from 1999–2016, while individual states like Delaware and North Dakota saw an increase of 6% and 58% respectively.

A separate finding, issued in JAMA, a medical journal, found a substantial rise in suicide cases among youngsters aged 15–24 years between 2000 and 2017. The suicide case was 8 for every 100,000 individuals in the year 2000 and crawl up to 11.8 for every 100,000 in the year 2017; young adults aged 20-24 exhibited suicide rate of 12.5 for every 100,000 individuals in the year 2000 which spurred up to 17 for each 100,000 in the year 2017.

Researchers don’t find the dramatic increase of suicide rates surprising, albeit the reason behind the unfortunate scenario has caught their curiosity and it is a matter of great concern.


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