The Centers for Disease Control says U.S. suicide rates have spiked at an alarming rate over the last two decades.
The report came on the heels of news that fashion designer Kate Spade, and renowned television personality and chef Anthony Bourdain had lost their lives to suicide.
While suicide remains the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., since 1999 – the rate of suicide has increased 28 percent. Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention commended the CDC for “focusing on this critically important public health crisis.” She added, “Suicide is complex, but science is making it clear that suicide, a leading yet preventable cause of premature death, is ultimately a health-related outcome.”
The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition echoed those sentiments in a statement to the community on Friday:
“The reporting released this week by the Centers for Disease Control remind all of us why suicide prevention efforts are so important. Here in Seneca County we strive to create a positive, educational dialogue that helps remove stigma; and develop a more knowledgeable public. Suicide is preventable, and a public health crisis. Simply starting a conversation with someone, or sharing the countless valuable resources available for those struggling or thinking about suicide can save lives.”
New York saw a 28.8 percent increase in the rate of suicide from 1999 to 2016, which is the period the CDC study examined. The report also pointed to the 54 percent, who died by suicide, and were not known to have a mental health condition. It means undiagnosed and untreated mental health problems remain a critical issue throughout the U.S.
The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition strives to provide information, tools, and other resources to raise awareness of suicide prevention. The inclusive community openly discusses suicide without stigma, and hosts a number of community-led efforts – like twice-monthly support groups – for those who have been impacted by suicide.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicide, seek help immediately:
Crisis Text Line: 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-TALK ~(8255)~