The US suicide rate has increased 30% since 2000 — and it tripled for young girls


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The suicide rate in the US jumped 30% from 2000 to 2016, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rise was especially large among young girls from 10 to 14, but it went up for females in every age group and for all men under 75.

The suicide rate among females increased 50%, while the rate for males increased 21%.

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for all Americans from ages 10 to 34.

The suicide deaths of designer Kate Spade and globe-trotting chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain last week are tragic reminders of a troubling trend unfolding across the US.

More Americans of all stripes are committing suicide every year, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. New data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reveals that between 2000 and 2016, the suicide rate rose by 30% across the US.

“Among women, the rate has increased 50%. For men, it’s close to 40%,” public health physician Holly Hedegaard from the National Center for Health Statistics told Business Insider. “That’s some pretty big change in a pretty short period of time.”

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for all Americans from 10 to 34 years old.

“Historically we know that women tend to attempt more suicide, where men were more tending to complete suicide,” psychiatry and gynecology professor Natalie Rasgon, who directs the Stanford Center for Neuroscience in Women’s Health, told Business Insider. “The fact that we have now such a profound, steady increase in the accomplished suicide rate among women is very disturbing.”

What the CDC data shows

According to the CDC, the suicide rate increased by about 1% every year from 2000 to 2016, then doubled to 2% increases every …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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